* Bulgaria arrests gang suspected of smuggling migrants to Western Europe.
According to Reuters, Bulgarian authorities have detained a gang suspected of smuggling migrants from Iraq, Iran and Syria to Western Europe from Turkey. So much for Erdogan.
The gang (three Kurds and four Bulgarians) was charged with smuggling offences after they transported migrants from Turkey into Serbia and Romania, both countries that border Bulgaria. One member of the group was still not detained.
Very few of them, however, stayed in Bulgaria, the European Union’s poorest state. Instead, most prefer to journey onwards to wealthier western EU countries like Germany and Sweden. As reported last month by the V4 Report, there has been an increasing number of migrants in Serbia trying to cross into Croatia.
“The evidence gathered indicates that the final destination of the migrants were Western Europe’s countries,” a spokesman for the prosecutors office told Reuters, adding that some migrants came from countries other than Iraq, Iran and Syria.
The migrants paid 2,000 euros ($2,360.60) each for their transportation from Turkey to the Bulgarian capital Sofia.
Bulgaria built a fence on its border with Turkey and has bolstered its border controls to prevent illegal migration.
Last month Bulgarian authorities smashed another gang suspected of smuggling migrants into Western Europe.
** The external borders remain vulnerable and aggressive male migrants from violent cultures continue to expose all Europeans to great risks.
This is a reminder how Hungary, Macedonia and others are protecting Central Europe by securing the borders. While the media ignores their success, the Central European Defence Cooperation (CEDC) continues to protect all in Europe. The group consists of the four Visegrad nations, Austria, Croatia and Slovenia.
What is the European Parliament, Guy Verhofstadt and the leaders of Sweden doing to protect Europe from illegal migration?