In our 2022 publication we look at how after a year of Covid-19-related travel and lockdown restrictions the world may be slowly re-emerging, and what that means for travel security risks for the coming year. We focus on what we feel are some of the key travel security trends in the coming year, presenting our outlooks in this year’s Travel Security Special Edition.
State of travel: What to expect in 2022
Global travel continues to be visibly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and its various associated restrictions: there are fewer planes in the sky, fewer tourists on holiday, and fewer business travellers seeking in-person meetings. As the pandemic has affected travel, it has also affected travel security. Here we look at the various ways travel threats continue to evolve through 2022.
A look ahead: Kidnapping in 2022
While accurate data on kidnapping is sparse, what we have observed suggests that after a drop in incidents in 2020, there has been a resurgence of kidnappings globally in 2021. This resurgence is expected to continue into 2022, particularly in certain hotspots such as South Africa and Haiti, where recent trends indicate a growth in the kidnapping industry and a concomitant expansion of the target profile.
Politics and travel security: When states turn on their guests
The detention of foreign nationals for political purposes is not a new phenomenon, and as a few recent cases demonstrate, some states are quite willing to leverage detained foreigners for political gains. Geopolitical tensions, political instability and armed conflict all contribute to various states’ motivations to pursue this questionable practice. Here we look in detail at the most likely perpetrators, motivations and circumstances of wrongful detention in the coming year.
Attacks on aid workers: The cost of saving strangers
More than 1,100 major attacks against aid workers resulting in more than 620 deaths over the past five years illustrates the threat aid workers continue to face in their jobs. While the past year suggests a drop in both incidents and deaths from 2021, ensuring the security of aid workers will remain a top priority for organisations in the industry. In this piece we highlight major trends for the coming year, and discuss how the situation is likely to develop in some key countries.