More than 8,000 migrants carrying false identification were caught trying to fly to European destinations from airports in Greece last year, according to reports.
German police say they intercepted over 8,500 people at Greek airports attempting to use fake passports and E.U. identity cards, more than 5,000 of whom were on their way to Germany.
Citing figures provided by German authorities, Berliner Morgenpost reports that a handful of officers stationed primarily at airports in Athens and Thessaloniki encountered thousands of illegal migrants hoping to make their way deeper into Europe during 2020.
“The Federal Police, in cooperation with Greek officials, stopped more than 5,200 people at Greek airports before their illegal departure for Germany last year, including illegal migrants who wanted to travel with the help of smuggling networks,” the Morgenpost reports.
“2,300 other people were stopped by the police when they wanted to travel by plane to other E.U. countries, such as Belgium, France or Austria.”
Despite a slight dip from 2019 numbers due mostly to COVID-related border closures and travel restrictions, more German officers will reportedly be deployed to Europe's frontier, with new outposts to be established on the islands of Rhodes and Crete.
"In addition to the E.U. internal border controls, 84 German police officers under the direction of Frontex are deployed to secure the E.U. external border in Greece, mainly on the islands in the Aegean Sea, but also on the land border with Turkey," the Morgenpost reports.
With tens of thousands of illegal aliens landing on islands in the Mediterranean Sea, Greece has become a hotspot for human traffickers responsible for moving migrants onto the European mainland.
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