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Geography, People, Government, Economy, Communications & Transportation,
Military branches
People's Revolutionary Armed Force (FARP): Army, Navy, Air Force; paramilitary force
Military service age and obligation
18 years of age for selective compulsory military service (2006)
Manpower available for military service
males age 16-49: 344,087
females age 16-49: 347,886 (2008 est.)
Manpower fit for military service
Definition - World rank and map
males age 16-49: 188,605
females age 16-49: 195,429 (2008 est.)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP
Definition - World rank and map
3.1% (2005 est.)
Disputes - international
in 2006, political instability within Senegal's Casamance region resulted in thousands of Senegalese refugees, cross-border raids, and arms smuggling into Guinea-Bissau
Refugees and internally displaced persons
refugees (country of origin): 7,454 (Senegal) (2007)
Trafficking in persons
current situation: Guinea-Bissau is a source country for children trafficked primarily for forced begging and forced agricultural labor to other West African countries
tier rating: Tier 2 Watch List - for the second year in a row, Guinea-Bissau is on the Tier 2 Watch List for its failure to combat severe forms of trafficking in persons, as evidenced by the continued failure to pass an anti-trafficking law and inadequate efforts to investigate or prosecute trafficking crimes or convict and punish trafficking offenders (2008)
Illicit drugs
increasingly important transit country for South American cocaine enroute to Europe; enabling environment for trafficker operations thanks to pervasive corruption; archipelago-like geography around the capital facilitates drug smuggling

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