Border management

Fighting terrorism and transnational crime through effective border management.


In our increasingly globalized world, it is easier than ever before for people and goods to cross international borders.

This is also the case for criminals. Young men and women travel to conflict zones to join terrorist groups, while child sex offenders travel from their home countries to exploit victims overseas. Smugglers and traffickers take advantage of this increasing flow across borders to hide their cargos of illicit goods and desperate migrants.

Effective border security is an essential part of combating transnational crime.

INTERPOL offers a range of tools and services which can help its member countries to enhance their own border-security procedures, and to integrate their efforts with those of their neighbours.

INTERPOL Integrated Border Management Task Force

The Integrated Border Management Task Force (IBMTF) is the central point of contact and coordination for international border-security activities at INTERPOL.

The Task Force supports law enforcement officers working at the frontline of border security by:

  • providing them with access to INTERPOL tools and services,
  • delivering capacity building and training courses,
  • coordinating operational activities.

The Task Force draws upon expertise across departments within INTERPOL as well as from international partners.

20 November 2015

INTERPOL regional training in Cambodia aims to build ASEAN capacity against terrorism

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – Participants from ASEAN Countries have attended an INTERPOL specialized training session designed to support them in the use of INTERPOL capabilities against potential criminal and terrorist networks.The INTERPOL Counter-Terrorism Investigative Skills Training (10 – 20 November 2015) brought together 23 counter-terrorism, immigratio...
20 November 2015

EU ministers call for access to INTERPOL’s databases at border points

BRUSSELS, Belgium – INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock has welcomed the decision by European Union ministers for all EU external border control points to be connected to INTERPOL’s global databases and for automatic screening of travel documents to be introduced by March 2016.The outcome was one of several measures to strengthen border controls agree...
12 November 2015

Global security needs to align with today’s threats – INTERPOL Chief at migration summit

VALLETTA, Malta – The Head of INTERPOL has said that security threats need to be addressed through greater use and support of existing global police structures.   Speaking in Malta at an EU-African summit on migration (11 and 12 November), Secretary General Jürgen Stock outlined INTERPOL’s role in tackling organized crime groups by building capacity...
06 November 2015

INTERPOL at G7 Roma-Lyon Group meeting: global terrorism threat requires global approach

BERLIN, Germany – A senior INTERPOL official has outlined before an international gathering the need for a global approach against the threat of foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs) that entails systematic information sharing and frontline access to INTERPOL’s global police capabilities and tools. Speaking at the G7 Roma-Lyon Group meeting in Berlin, INTERPO...
06 November 2015

Regional cooperation key to INTERPOL operation targeting terrorist movements

LYON, France – An INTERPOL operation in North Africa and the Sahel targeting the movement of terrorists and others using fraudulent travel documents has highlighted the importance of regional cooperation and the support of INTERPOL’s policing capabilities.Law enforcement officers from Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco and Niger conducted heightened...
04 November 2015

INTERPOL General Assembly endorses I-Checkit as innovative border management policing capability

KIGALI, Rwanda – INTERPOL’s member countries have endorsed through a resolution its I-Checkit service model for airlines as a key component of the Organization’s global border management strategy.   As an innovative solution intended to complement and enhance national border security systems, I-Checkit allows trusted partners to conduct advanced pas...
02 November 2015

World’s police chiefs to address global threats at INTERPOL General Assembly in Rwanda

KIGALI, Rwanda – Today’s most pressing cross-border security challenges faced by police worldwide will top the agenda at the 84th INTERPOL General Assembly which has opened in Rwanda.Combating the threat of foreign terrorist fighters, the organized crime networks behind people smuggling and drug trafficking and cybercrime are among key issues at the meeti...
27 October 2015

INTERPOL training to boost border security in West Africa

LOME, Togo – The third in a series of INTERPOL training sessions on border management in West Africa was held in Togo in preparation of an upcoming regional operation.The two-week (12-23 October) session was the final training course of the INTERPOL Capacity Building Programme to Strengthen Border Management in West Africa. Funded in part by the Governmen...
20 October 2015

Border security across Southeast Asia focus of new EU-ASEAN programme led by INTERPOL

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Enhancing border management and security across Southeast Asia is the focus of a new three-year European Union (EU) and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) programme led by INTERPOL.The EU-ASEAN Migration and Border Management Programme II, funded by the EU and implemented by INTERPOL, is aimed at improving connectivity thr...
16 October 2015

INTERPOL-Europol forum outlines steps against people smuggling

LYON, France – An international operational meeting held by INTERPOL and Europol has outlined measures against the organized criminal networks behind people smuggling.The steps put forward by the INTERPOL and Europol Operational Forum on Countering Migrant Smuggling Networks (15 and 16 October) include the establishment of an INTERPOL Specialist Operation...
15 October 2015

INTERPOL-Europol forum targets migrant smuggling networks

LYON, France – Developing a coordinated and effective law enforcement response against the organized criminal networks behind people smuggling is the focus of the INTERPOL and Europol Operational Forum on Countering Migrant Smuggling Networks.   The two-day (15 and 16 October) meeting at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters brings together mo...
08 October 2015

INTERPOL hosts first facial recognition symposium

LYON, France – Developing best practice in facial recognition was the focus of an INTERPOL symposium at the world police body’s General Secretariat headquarters.  Bringing together some 90 experts from 40 countries, the two-day (6 and 7 October) meeting addressed a range of issues including the latest developments in forensic face comparison and aut...
06 October 2015

US task force report recognizes INTERPOL’s ‘crucial global tools’ in combating foreign terrorist fighter travel

LYON, France – A US Homeland Security Committee task force report which recognizes INTERPOL’s systems as ‘crucial global tools for combating terrorist and foreign fighter travel’ has been welcomed by the world police body.The ‘Combating terrorist and foreign fighter travel’ report, published following an extensive, six month review to assess the severity...
17 September 2015

INTERPOL training aims to boost impact of UN Security Council Resolutions against terrorism in ASEAN region

SINGAPORE – Experts gathered for two separate training courses conducted by INTERPOL, aimed at strengthening the capacity of member countries in the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) region to implement INTERPOL-United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Special Notices and consequently enhance the impact of UNSC resolutions.During the two four-d...
04 August 2015

INTERPOL Chief offers continued support to ASEANAPOL to address regional and global security threats

JAKARTA, Indonesia – INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock has told the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Chiefs of Police (ASEANAPOL) conference that the world police body will always remain a reliable partner in the fight against regional and international crime.In his keynote address, the INTERPOL Chief said the Organization provides a secure ga...
31 July 2015

Strengthening West African border security focus of INTERPOL programme

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire – Strengthening border management was the focus of a specialized INTERPOL course for immigration and customs officers from key border control points and National Central Bureaus across West Africa.During the two-week (20 – 31 July) course hosted by the INTERPOL Regional Bureau for West Africa in Abidjan, participants received in-dep...
16 July 2015

Increased information sharing to combat terrorism focus of German Interior Minister visit to INTERPOL

LYON, France – Identifying areas for enhanced sharing of operational information to more effectively combat terrorism in Europe and beyond was the focus of a meeting between Germany’s Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizière and INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock.Accompanied by the President of the German Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) Holger Münch, the...
09 July 2015

Border security focus of visit to INTERPOL by Commander of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee

LYON, France – Meeting the future challenges of border security with ever-increasing numbers of international travellers was the focus of discussions between Hans Leijtens, Commander of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (RNLM) and INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock.The Netherlands’ recent expansion of access to INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Docu...
29 June 2015

Global action against online air ticket fraudsters sees 130 detained

LYON, France – An international law enforcement operation targeting airline fraudsters has resulted in the detention and investigation of 130 individuals found in possession of tickets bought using stolen credit card details.The two-day operation (16 and 17 June) was organized globally by: Europol in The Hague, the Netherlands; INTERPOL through its Genera...
29 May 2015

INTERPOL Chief says ‘unprecedented’ foreign terrorist fighter threat requires global action

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Addressing the United Nations Security Council Ministerial briefing on foreign terrorist fighters, INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock said countries need to ‘share even more information, and share it even better’.The INTERPOL Chief told the high-level meeting that more countries are realizing that sharing via INTERPOL repre...
22 May 2015

INTERPOL training in Ghana aims to strengthen regional police capacity in border management

ACCRA, Ghana – Law enforcement officers from across West Africa have received specialized training as part of an INTERPOL programme aimed at building policing capacity to strengthen border management.The two-week course (11 – 22 May) at the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra brought together 22 law enforcement officers from im...
21 May 2015

INTERPOL Europe meeting develops regional collaboration against transnational crime

BUCHAREST, Romania – INTERPOL’s 43rd European Regional Conference has closed with senior law enforcement officials endorsing a set of measures to intensify regional cooperation and develop responses to transnational crime.Highlighting the important role of Europe in promoting global security, law enforcement issues including terrorism, foreign fighters, c...
14 April 2015

Inaugural INTERPOL World forum focuses on innovation for global security

SINGAPORE – Fostering innovation to meet global security challenges is the focus of the first INTERPOL World forum which opened today in Singapore.Comprising an Expo and a Congress, the three-day (14-16 April)  INTERPOL World 2015 aims to create a platform for the security industry, law enforcement and government agencies to develop closer partnershi...
10 April 2015

INTERPOL border security operation targets criminals traveling in Southeast Asia

SINGAPORE – The first border security operation coordinated by INTERPOL’s Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore has led to the arrest of international fugitives attempting to travel in countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).During Operation Sunbird (16-24 March), which focused on identifying wanted criminals, police an...
19 February 2015

Information sharing is a ‘tripwire’ against foreign terrorist fighters – INTERPOL Chief

WASHINGTON DC, USA – INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock has highlighted the role effective information sharing and border management can play via the world police body’s global network against the global threat of foreign terrorist fighters.  Addressing a ministerial session during the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism, the INT...
29 January 2015

Foreign fighter threat to Europe requires global response says INTERPOL Chief

RIGA, Latvia – Attending today’s meeting of EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministers in Latvia, INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock said a global effort is required to address the internal security needs of the European Union (EU) against the threat of foreign fighters.The Head of the world police body said INTERPOL stands ready to help EU member states...
25 September 2014

INTERPOL global role against foreign terrorist fighters recognized in UN Resolution

UNITED NATIONS, New York – The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously adopted a Resolution recognizing the efforts of INTERPOL against the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters, including through global law enforcement information sharing.Resolution 2178 (2014), which was submitted during a special session of the UNSC chaired by US Pr...

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