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US News Italy: attack against an international illegal immigration network

18:50  05 december  2020
18:50  05 december  2020 Source:   francetvinfo.fr

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Assessment of the operation: 19 arrests. Italian police have carried out a massive crackdown against an international illegal immigration network running from the north to the south of the country, the Interior Ministry announced on Saturday (December 5th).

An investigation launched in 2018 after a dozen landings of migrants in southern Sicily all arrived via Greece or Turkey has revealed a criminal network made up of Kurdo-Iraqis, Afghans and Italians. The latter organized, against payment, the illegal entry of migrants into Italy or other European countries and then made them obtain a residence permit using false documents (employment contracts, etc.).

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25,000 euros in cash seized

This criminal network, which had bases in particular in Bari (south), Turin, Milan and Ventimiglia (north), organized "entry, stay and passage to northern Europe migrants from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, ”the ministry said.

During this crackdown, 17 telephones, four laptops, various documents and 25,000 euros in cash were seized.

The dismantled network constituted "a means of connection with criminal groups active in Turkey and Greece organizing the transport of migrants to their privileged destination (France and northern Europe) in exchange for large sums of money (about 6,000 euros per migrant for the trip through Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Greece and Italy) ", according to the ministry statement.

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