Greek security forces on Tuesday said they had apprehended dozens of migrants on the island of Crete who were attempting to reach European destinations on forged travel documents.

The 49 men and 14 women tried to travel to Germany, Belgium, France, Italy and Poland from the Heraklion and Chania airports between Aug. 3 and 9, Crete’s state broadcaster reported, citing police.

Police also reportedly arrested three alleged smugglers who are said to have sold the forged documents to the migrants.

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Migrants with fake documents are stopped almost daily at Greek airports during the European holiday season, with this year proving no exception despite fewer flights due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Smugglers demand between 500 and 3,000 euros (590-3,500 dollars) for forged documents, depending on the quality.


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