The Tundra Tabloids’ own correspondent Stefan back in Sept. 2015 was reporting on fake passports being used in the smuggling of people into Europe. Stefan gave an eyewitness accounting of the practice:
He said also for an additional fee, if you have lots of money, they will make for you false passports, one from a country that’s in conflict, and one that’s just a normal country. One with a German visa on it as well for you.
So I asked, why do you need a ”normal country’s” passport? Because they want to lose the trail afterward, it works like this. He said that a relative of his had a certain ”Asian look”, (some Afghans have those features) the smuggler made a Chinese passport for her. She pretended to be a Chinese national and they put a German visa in it.
They flew all the way to Germany, since she had a visa she wasn’t fingerprinted, she went from the airport, threw away her Chinese passport and headed for the refugee center and claimed to be an Afghan refugee who came by foot.
So that’s how it works. There are lots of fake passports. He (Afghan refugee in Finland) said that there’s a vast majority of fake visas and passports.
EXCLUSIVE – The cheater’s guide to getting into Europe: Border guard exposes tricks migrants try to use to sneak past checks
- EU border guard tells MailOnline about the challenges they face in Lesbos
- Migrants pay smugglers for questions they are expected to get at border
- Single men attach themselves to genuine families in bid to slip through
- Some migrants from the Caribbean have even claimed to be Syrian
- One in five migrants smuggled into Greece lie about their nationality
Anna Smigielska, from the EU border agency Frontex, has revealed the extraordinary lengths migrants go to in their bid to sneak past guards at the border in Greece to claim asylum in Europe
An EU border guard today revealed the extraordinary lengths migrants are going to in their attempt to claim asylum – and said as many as one in five are lying.
In an interview with the MailOnline, Anna Smigielska said new arrivals are coming to border posts armed with a series of tricks and lies to con officials into letting them into Europe.
Many also provide fake documents to claim they are from Afghanistan, Syria or Iraq rather than their real homeland.
Miss Smigielska, whose job is to interview migrants to identify their nationality, gave an revealing insight into the challenge facing staff dealing with new arrivals in Lesbos on smuggling boats from Turkey.
She told how wealthier migrants pay smugglers in Turkey extra cash for a bespoke service to prep them for questions they are expected to face at the border to determine their nationality.
Single men attach themselves to genuine refugee families and pose as brothers or husbands to try to dupe guards, while others copy answers given by refugees ahead of them in the queue.
In some extraordinary cases, migrants from the Caribbean have travelled into Europe via Turkey – and then claimed to be Syrian.
Many are caught out because they are unable to name the leader of the country they claim to be from, or even recognise its currency or say which school they attended.
Miss Smigielska said around one in five migrants smuggled into Greece lie about their nationality in an apparent attempt to claim asylum in the EU.