V4 Report: Major migration scandal in Ireland ??: Major gang suspected of smuggling people into Ireland dismantled in Spain ??.
– The arrests come after a three-year investigation in Spain. The majority of the 155 people arrested are of Chinese nationality and the four alleged leaders of the gang are among them.
** The madness continues. The smuggling network is vast and it is deep. Europe must get tougher, especially in regards to rapid and mass deportations. This is the message that must be sent to discourage the migrants from coming. News travels fast among migrants and if they see others being returned immediately, they will get the message loud and clear. These trips are not cheap.
– Spanish authorities suspect the gang of helping Chinese people illegally enter Ireland and the UK. The majority of those arrested were picked up at Spanish airports.
In addition to the arrests, police confiscated numerous forged documents, computer equipment, mobile terminals, cash and “handmade Schengen area entry stamps”.
Spanish police say the gang picked up the migrants in China and promised to get them to the UK or Ireland in exchange for a “flat fee” of €20,000 per person.
The fee included “false passports” and assistance in getting across borders. Once the migrants entered Europe, they were housed in temporary flats in Barcelona as they awaited new forged documents.
The travel documents were made in China and sent to Europe through parcel and courier companies.
The migrants were accompanied by “guides on their flights” to Ireland and the UK and were taught key phrases to help get them trough immigration.
*** Besides this case, the V4 Report also believes many “home-grown” activists and charities are assisting illegal migrants with “logistics” and other vital advice on how to navigate throughout Europe. These trafficking networks must also be dismantled.
Time for some “hard ball”.