Monday, September 20

The immigration mafias: Greece shields itself from the Afghan exodus

The most expensive and safe, the plane: from 4,500 to 10,000 euros

To do this, you need a forged passport, or contacts at the airport and at the flight boarding gate. In many cases, the traveler carries two tickets: one for an area of ​​the country that is less guarded and the other for the European flight. At the security check it shows only the Greek flight. This method costs between 4,500 and 10,000 euros And the important thing is to reach the last destination directly or through any nearby European country to continue by train or bus (less controlled) to Germany. You travel without suitcases so as not to check in and avoid another control of documents.

Cheaper and dangerous per boat: from 600 to 3,000 euros

From the ports of Patras or Igoumenitsa, boats leave for Ancona, Bari, Venice or Brindisi. If the passport is well forged, you can go as a passenger. The alternative is to stow away in a container or loaded onto a truck. The price ranges from 600 euros (stowaway) to 3,000 (passenger). What a mess if they catch you with stowaways: for the Italian authorities the driver is responsible for human trafficking and they treat him like a criminal even though people have sneaked in on him ». It is recounted by Juan, an experienced truck driver who frequently travels to Greece. He, his Spanish companions and those from other European countries protect each other: they enter directly in convoy, after having timed the traffic lights, to the ship’s garage. One of them keeps an eye on the trucks so that no one sneaks in at the last minute. “Not only do you avoid being arrested, fined and possibly jail time, but the cargo is sealed. It is a nightmare for us and for our companies.

By car through Albania, the longest: about 4,000 euros

The third method by road: by bus, taxi or private cars, through Albania, to another European country. Borders are crossed on foot across the country to avoid border controls. It costs around 4,000 euros to arrive in a European capital other than Albania. “Prices will go up,” says Afroditi, a social worker for a large international organization that foresees, within a month or month and a half at most, a wave of Afghans on the Turkish coast desperate to reach Europe, where they already have relatives settled legally and willing to send them money to finance the trip. For them, family comes first.

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