European arrests after migrant smuggling ring smashed

The alleged migrant smuggling activities along the so-called Balkan migrant route took place between June 2015 and April 2016, according to the statementGerman police on Tuesday said investigators working together across Europe had dismantled a trafficking ring suspected of smuggling Syrian refugees into the EU, leading to 16 arrests. Thirteen of the arrests were made in Italy, and one each in Belgium, France and Sweden, Germany’s federal police said in a statement. The network, which was based in the northern Italian city of Como, had a fleet of cars at its disposal which it used to transfer at least 1,115 migrants from Budapest to Austria, Germany and other countries, police said.

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