On 10 May, Balkan Insight reported that the money to be made by ‘fixers’, ‘gatekeepers’ and ‘package dealers’ smuggling migrants across borders in the Western Balkans are detailed in a new report from the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime. The report assesses the money being made by smugglers in the 3 key smuggling zones in the Western Balkans – the borders between Greece’s borders with North Macedonia and Albania; the border between Bosnia-Herzegovina and the EU in Croatia in Croatia, and Serbia’s borders with Hungary and Romania. The report identifies various types of smugglers present in the Western Balkans, describing them as fixers, gatekeepers and package dealers – fixers, who arrange transport, “usually operate within the borders of one country”; people who operate around borders and charge for “safe passage” are described as gatekeepers; and the big money from migrant-smuggling is made through ‘package deals’.
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