Refugee Smuggling a Big Business in the Balkans – SPIEGEL ONLINE

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According to Germany’s popular paper Spigel, every day, thousands of refugees entrust their lives to human smugglers as they make their way to Europe — and many of them die en route. It highlights that the smugglers are making large profits and have little interest in safety.

Source: Refugee Smuggling a Big Business in the Balkans – SPIEGEL ONLINE

Increasingly people smugglers are turning to the Balkans rather than the Mediterranean route. This insightful article from Spiegel highlights the greed of the smugglers and the terrible suffering of the migrants.

However, it’s not clear whether Germany’s open borders policy for migrants is encouraging the people smugglers to increasingly turn to the Balkan route?


One response

  1. Once again, Spiegel Online, in this article, brought to us by Dr Alf, has provided us with a well-written and thoughtful article. This time, it’s about Balkans based people smugglers.

    In answer to Dr Alf’s open question, Germany’s approach which is to take in huge numbers of refugees versus Hungary’s approach which is to try and bar their progress, is bound to encourage the Balkan route or any route which brings migrants closer to Germany.

    The German approach, plus the whimpering of the media and well-heeled people infused with “do-goodery” will cause the present trickle of people to become a flood and will enrich the people smugglers, who will use London to launder their money before transmuting it into “buy-to-leave” properties, gold and gems.

    The people smugglers are a lot more fleet-of-foot and better resourced than the police forces ranged against them, so I have little faith in the ability of Europe’s police to have any effect on their activities.

    Refugees who come to Britain or end up here have the added benefit of 19 million spare NI numbers and access to bogus documentation to enable them to work, gain access to housing and bring over more family members. When that happens on a large-scale, I have no doubt that the Teutonically efficient reporters of Spiegel On line will be there on the spot giving us their take on a new emerging story.

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