Europe faces an ‘increased risk’ from terrorists due to the migrant crisis, Interpol warned yesterday.
(This is no “migrant crisis”, this is al hijra, jihad by immigration.)
Terror groups ‘using migrant routes’: Warning of ‘increased risk’ after Interpol report says extremists are making ‘opportunistic use’ of smuggling networks and 800,000 people are waiting to flee Libya
- Europol report showed the criminals’ turnover could even total up to £5bn
- They laundered cash across borders and ran proceeds through businesses
- The report also identified 250 smuggling ‘hotspots’ along migrant routes
The international crime-fighting agency said migrant numbers are likely to top the 1 million who entered Europe last year, despite desperate efforts by the EU, adding extremist groups were making ‘opportunistic use of migrant smuggling networks’.
The report found criminal gangs made £4 billion from smuggling migrants into Europe last year and will continue to thrive, with 800,000 migrants in Libya alone now ‘waiting to travel to the EU’.
It comes as French police said yesterday they had broken up a smuggling network using yachts to bring migrants to Britain after finding seven Ukrainians hidden on a boat on the coast of Brittany in France. Two skippers and three suspected smugglers were detained on Friday.
Interpol’s report was jointly written with the Europol crime agency, whose director Rob Wainwright said another attack inspired by Islamic State is ‘almost certain’.
Nine out of 10 migrants who entered the EU in 2015 relied on people smuggling networks according to the report.
The overwhelming majority relying on ‘facilitation services’ from criminals working together along the routes, and most paid £2,300-£5,000.
To launder the money and integrate it into the legitimate economy, couriers carried large amounts of cash over borders, and smugglers ran their proceeds through car dealerships, grocery stores, restaurants or transport companies.
BREXIT COULD TRIGGER ‘TRAGIC CONFLICTS’, CLAIMS TUSK
One of the EU’s most senior figures has claimed Brexit could trigger ‘tragic conflicts’ across Europe.
European Council president Donald Tusk said yesterday the EU was ‘the most effective firewall’ against Eurpean conflict.
This is a falsehood being spread by those who are profiteering from inflicting crisis after crisis on the peoples of Europe.
Boris Johnson had been ‘absurd’ to compare EU expansion plans to Hitler’s attempts conquer Europe, he added.
The main organisers came from the same countries as the migrants, but often had EU residence permits or passports.
‘The basic structure of migrant smuggling networks includes leaders who coordinate activities along a given route, organisers who manage activities locally through personal contacts, and opportunistic low-level facilitators who mostly assist organisers and may assist in recruitment activities,’ the report said.
Corrupt officials may let vehicles through border checks or release ships for bribes, as there was so much money in the trafficking trade.
About 250 smuggling ‘hotspots’, often at railway stations, airports or coach stations, had been identified along the routes – 170 inside the EU and 80 outside.
The report’s authors found no evidence of fighting between criminal groups, but larger criminal networks slowly took over smaller opportunistic ones, leading to an oligopoly.
In 2015, the vast majority of migrants made risky boat trips in boats across the Mediterranean from Turkey or Libya, and then travelled on by road.
Around 800,000 were still in Libya waiting to travel to the EU, the report said.
But increasing border controls mean air travel is likely to become more attractive, with fraudulent documents rented out to migrants and then taken back by an accompanying facilitator.
Migrant smuggling routes could be used to smuggle drugs or guns, and there was growing concern that radicalised foreign fighters could also use them to enter the EU, it said.
But there was no concrete data yet to suggest militant groups consistently relied on or cooperated with organised crime groups, it added.