Thursday 29 September 2016

Smugglers made over $5bn from bringing people into Europe in the last year

Tom Miles

Published 17/05/2016 | 13:59

Many migrants are trying to make their way to Europe
Many migrants are trying to make their way to Europe

People smugglers made over $5 billion from the wave of migration into southern Europe last year, a report by international crime-fighting agencies Interpol and Europol said.

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Nine out of ten migrants and refugees entering the European Union in 2015 relied on "facilitation services", mainly loose networks of criminals along the routes, and the proportion was likely to be even higher in 2016, the report said.

About 1 million migrants entered the EU in 2015, and most paid 3,000-6,000 euros ($3,400-$6,800), so the average turnover was likely between $5 billion and $6 billion, the report said. 

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