Smuggling ring bringing migrants to EU bust

2015-12-02 22:20


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Amsterdam - An organised criminal group that smuggled migrants into the European Union was busted on Wednesday and 23 suspects arrested in Greece, Austria, Sweden and Britain, Europol, the EU's law enforcement agency, said.

The network was estimated to have smuggled 100 people per day and is believed to have started operations in 2013, accumulating about $10m in revenues, The Hague-based agency said.

The group smuggled the mostly Syrian migrants from Turkey to Greece and other EU member states over the so-called Balkan route. Migrants contacted the group's headquarters in Greece for help moving north, including transport, forged travel papers and housing, Europol said.

The accused ringleader of the group was arrested in Liverpool, England. Thirteen suspects were arrested in Greece, seven in Austria and two in Sweden. The suspects were Syrian, Greek and Palestinian, Europol said.

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