NBS NEWS.- People smugglers made over $5 billion from the wave of migration into southern Europe last year, a report by international crime-fighting agencies Interpol and Europol said on Tuesday.Seguir leyendo...
Children hold placards as migrants and refugees take part in a peaceful protest in Idomeni, Greece, on May 12. Petros Giannakouris / AP Nine out of 10 migrants and refugees entering the European Union in 2015 relied on "facilitation services," mainly loose networks of criminals along the routes, and the proportion was likely to be even higher this year, the report said.
About 1 million migrants entered the EU in 2015. Most paid 3,000-6,000 euros ($3,400-$6,800), so the average turnover was likely between $5 billion and $6 billion, the report said.
To launder the money and integrate it into the legitimate economy, couriers carried large amounts of cash over borders, and smugglers ran their proceeds through car dealerships, grocery stores, restaurants or transport companies.
The main organizers came from the same countries as the migrants, but often had EU residence permits or passports.