Asylum seekers trying to get to western Europe from Greece on forged passports has shot up by 70% in the second quarter of 2017, according to the EU’s border police Frontex.
Migrants from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Albania and Eritrea were all found to be carrying counterfeit documents in 1,158 cases alone this year, with 729 in the second quarter of this year, up 70% from the 429 who were caught in the first three months of the year.
Syrians were mostly caught carrying fake Greek and Italian identity cards. Afghans, on the other hand, were largely caught with fake French identity cards and (oddly) Korean passports, according to the report.
Welt reports that the majority of those who were caught were trying to get to either Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland – all relatively affluent western countries.
According to Doctors Without Borders, thousands of asylum seekers are still living in overcrowded camps in the Greek islands – with more than 7,000 living in Camp Moria on the island of Lesbos.
Over the summer, angry migrants set fire to the camp after being denied asylum. One witness described the chaotic scene as “like a war” with refugees throwing stones at aid workers.
It underlines once again the huge mess that the open door policy has, representing a security risk for Europe and a humanitarian disaster with the processing system system stretched to the limits.