Greek authorities announced on Tuesday that they had recently stopped a total of 63 migrants at the airports on the island of Crete. The migrants were all attempting to fly to other parts of the EU on forged travel documents.
A total of 49 men and 14 women were stopped by the Greek security services at two different airports on the island of Crete after attempting to board a variety of flights to other EU destinations with fake IDs.
According to the news agency dpa, the migrants were hoping to fly to Germany, Belgium, France, Italy and Poland on the IDs and attempted to board flights in both Heraklion and Chania airports. The migrants were all stopped between August 3 and August 9, said Crete's state broadcaster who cited police sources.
In addition to those trying to use fake IDs, police said they had arrested three smugglers on charges of allegedly selling the forged documents to the migrants
Dpa reports that migrants using fake documents are "stopped almost daily" during the summer. Even though there are fewer flights, due to the coronavirus restrictions, this year proves "no exception," dpa continued. According to that news agency, smugglers sell the forged documents for between €500 and €3,000, depending on the quality of the forgery.
In September last year, the Greek authorities announced that they had arrested 34 people using fake documents at Heraklion airport. Their documents purported to have been issued by a wide variety of countries: Italy, Spain, France, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Japan, Belgium, Romania, Congo, Sweden, Mexico, Brazil and Australia. The migrants in that case had been hoping to make it to Germany, Belgium, Italy, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands, according to the Greek news agency AMNA.