Mercoledì, 19 Settembre 2018
TRENTO

Smugglers charge Iraqi refugees up to $16,000 to enter Italy

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Trento, October 29 - Police in northern Italy said
Monday they have broken up an illegal immigration ring in which
criminals charged thousands of dollars to sneak fleeing Iraqis
into Europe.
More than 60 suspects were arrested in the joint operation,
coordinated by the anti-mafia prosecutor in the northern city of
Trento and involving police in Italy, Germany, Greece and
Austria.
About 1,500 illegal immigrants, mostly from Iraq and
desperate to leave their war-torn homeland, paid about $16,000
US to get into Italy, according to police.
Investigators said the ring, comprised of Iraqis, Kurds,
and North Africans, earned as much as $12 million by smuggling
in men, women and children.
Very few of them were reportedly granted political asylum
in Italy; most have been sent back to Iraq.

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