A total of 19 people have been arrested in a document forgery operation linked to migrant smuggling in Europe.

The arrests – 19 in Greece and three in the Czech Republic – stem from a Europol operation against organised crime groups involved in “the massive production and distribution of falsified or forged documents.”

The documents were shipped through courier companies to EU Member States and other countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, according to Europol, and were subsequently provided to irregular migrants to enter the EU or to legalise their stays there.

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