OThe documents allowed migrants to legalize their stay in the country of final destination without local authorities detecting that they were false, due to their good quality, Europol detailed in a statement.

The organization, established in Athens, was intensely active and used very sophisticated equipment that included laser printing devices, computer programs and ‘scanners’ to create false travel documents or identity cards.

For each document, the organization’s members charged between 400 and 1,200 euros, depending on the type of certificate and the migrant’s country of origin.

In total, Greek police detained 11 people who allegedly participated in this network, three Palestinians, three Latvians, two Iranians, two Syrians and one Lebanese.

Greek authorities dismantled four printing centers, where they seized 4,650 false identity documents, with an estimated value of 600,000 euros, according to calculations published by Europol.

The suspects also acted as traffickers, according to police, and directly organized the irregular entry of migrants by air, charging 6,000 euros per person for a “full service”, including plane tickets.

According to Europol, this operation confirms that trafficking groups increasingly use false documents to facilitate the illegal entry of migrants into the European Union (EU), or change their residence status once established.

Among the false documents seized, the police found, among others, imitations of Spanish, German, Italian, Belgian, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Swedish and Slovenian cards, as well as certificates from countries outside the EU, such as Colombia , Ukraine or Norway.

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Source: https://www.noticiasaominuto.com/mundo/2518565/rede-de-documentos-falsos-para-migrantes-desmantelada-na-grecia

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