Human Traffickers Earn Millions

Human traffickers made over 167 million dollars in 2007 smuggling Iraqi refugees into Sweden.

The Swedish police and the Swedish Migration Board estimate that almost all of the 18 500 Iraqis seeking asylum last spring had paid different human smuggling networks for their entry into Sweden, including fake documents if necessary.

Ulla Ahlbäck, a human smuggling expert for the Swedish police told Svenska Dagbladet newspaper that the cost of getting to Sweden from Lebanon, Syria or Iraq lies between 16700 and 25000 dollars.

The most common route for the illegal immigrants is to enter Sweden via another Schengen country, such as the Netherlands or France.

According to the police, a large part of human smuggling to this country is organised by Iraqis living in Sweden, who may even have Swedish citizenship. Many are company owners where a part of the illegal monies can be laundered. However, payments often make it back to Iraq where they are invested in land and