The “Heavy Industry” of Fake Passports in Greece
Author: Konstantinos Koukoumakas
Media: Published by Vice Greece
Category: Online English
Production funded by the Migration Media Award :
The "Heavy Industry" of Fake Passports in Greece
Thousands of migrants and asylum seekers remain trapped in Greek islands waiting more than a year for their asylum requests to be examined. As there is no hope here, they pay smugglers thousands for fake travel documents dreaming to reach Europe. The first nine months of 2019 a total of 4,536 migrants were arrested at Greek airports for having fake or falsified passports; the illegal commerce of fake passports is today the "heavy industry" in Greece. VICE met those people in Kos island and also gained access to the forgers’ criminal network in Athens.