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Greece arrests 5,633 at airports trying to leave the country with fake ID

Greek authorities say they have arrested 5,633 people, mostly migrants, so far this year for trying to fly out of the country with forged identity papers — with sharp increases in arrests at key airports.

Police said the largest number of arrests was at Iraklion airport on Crete, where 1,511 people were caught compared with 666 in all of 2017.

Another 1,419 were caught at the major tourist airport of Santorini, again way more than last year’s 426.

Tens of thousands of migrants entering illegally from Turkey and seeking to reach more prosperous European countries have been trapped in Greece since a series of Balkan border closures in 2016.

Despite an agreement between the European Union and Turkey to stem the flow, thousands still reach Greece. via associatedpress

 

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