The Finnish Border Guard says it has cracked a ring of clandestine people-smugglers who arranged for around a hundred people over the last year to come to Finland and lodge claims for asylum. The 15 suspects in the case all have Iraqi backgrounds, and the group includes Finnish and Swedish citizens. Those smuggled into Finland paid around 10,000 euros a head. The majority are Iraqi citizens.
“When you’re talking about a hundred people, that’s quite exceptional,” said lead investigator Jukka Tekokoski. “It could be the biggest people smuggling case that’s ever been investigated in Finland.”
Those involved have made significant financial gains from the scheme, which charged up to 10,000 euros for clandestine journeys to Finland. They were busted during the spring during normal surveillance at the port of Helsinki, and when that case was investigated it turned up many more instances. Finland is expecting between 30,000 and 35,000 asylum applications this year, a nearly ten-fold increase on 2014.
Think of the “refugee” crisis as a Muslim invasion of Europe operated by an international mafia of Bulgarians, Arabs, Turks and anybody else who wants to play, and you’re not far wrong,