Fake Passports Linked to ISIS Found Stashed in Government Sponsored Refugee Camp
According to La Stampa, an Italian newspaper, an investigation into phony documents has found a connection between the Islamic State (ISIS) with a European refugee camp.
Europol, the European Union’s counter terrorism agency, found fake passports destined for alleged members of ISIS in several Greek refugee camps confirmed suspicions that the fake passports were used to breach borders to allow the terrorists to move throughout Europe, as well as to and from the Middle East.
La Stampa said the investigation was launched amid concerns about terrorists from Syria and Iraq avoiding discovery and detention at border crossings by infiltrating and blending into the hordes of refugees flooding into the continent.
More than 58,000 migrants have arrived in Greece since the Western Balkan route was closed in February effectively sealing Greece’s northern border to migrants.
The closure was the response, at least in part, to the discovery that at least two of the perpetrators of the terror attacks in Paris last November used fake Syrian documents while posing as Syrian refugees to re-enter Europe.
The investigation is only the latest by Europol.
In July its European Migrant Smuggling Centre (EMSC) assisted Austrian and Hungarian authorities detect an organized crime group based in Austria that involved the smuggling of refugees into that country.
That crack-down led to six arrests in Austria and another in Hungary, including the leader of the ring, a 44-year-old Syrian national, which charged 300 Euros apiece to smuggle refugees from Hungary to Austria and more than twice that amount to transport them from Hungary to Germany, which, under the policies of Chancellor Angela Merkel, is a far more “refugee-friendly” country than any other in Europe.
The smuggling network may have transported more than 200 refugees of Afghan, Iranian, Iraqi and Syrian origin into Europe, but Europol noted that at least ten other such rings had been uncovered by law enforcement in Austria, Germany, Hungary and Slovakia in recent months.
The report published by La Stampa came as Greece concerns about the refugee crisis continue to rise after the country’s coastguard rescued dozens of migrants after their boat went aground.