Human smuggling: a dangerous business worth billions of euros every year
November 12, 2019
Credits: Photo: Aasim Saleem
Border restrictions or not, human smuggling from Greece to Western Europe is still happening.
The journey costs between 3,000 to 5,000 euros.
“How does one get to a country in Central or Western Europe?”
"You can go by air or you can go on foot; it depends on how much money you would be willing to spend," replied a migrant.
The business of smuggling migrants by land, sea or air is worth billions of euros a year. As journalists, we found that it was relatively easy for almost anyone to access the smugglers and traffickers in cities like Athens, which has a reputation as a migrant hub. And yet police and intelligence authorities, despite their efforts, are having a much harder time getting this problem under control.
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