A news release from Europol on 19th July advised that Greek police, supported by Europol, dismantled an organised criminal group smuggling migrant from Turkey to Greece and facilitating their secondary movements to other EU Member States.  The criminals used commercial flights in regional airports and the network was providing the migrants with genuine documents which resembled the migrant and/or forged documents.  The gang was even using a specific hair salon in Athens to enhance the resemblance of the migrants to the legal owner of the travel documents.

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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