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Iraqis in look-alike Swedish passport scam

TT/The Local/og · 11 Jan 2012, 12:16

Published: 11 Jan 2012 12:16 GMT+01:00

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“They have smuggled in a number of people, I won’t go into how many,” said Leif Fransson of the Border Police (Gränspolisen) to the TT news agency.

The case involves Iraqi citizens who travelled to Sweden using genuine Swedish passports bought from their original owners.

However, the Iraqis were no longer carrying the passports upon their arrival at airports in Sweden, and proceeded to seek asylum.

The arrested men used passports that had been issued to people who had come to Sweden earlier and become Swedish citizens.

The smugglers then gave the passports to other Iraqis who had looks similar to those of the original passport owners and then used the false passports to fly to Sweden.

The passports true owners have sold them to the people smugglers, usually for 10,000 kronor ($1,450).

The passport sellers then simply claimed they'd lost the documents before applying for new ones.

“We have examples of people who have ‘lost’ their passports once a month,” said Fransson.

Police had been keeping surveillance on the men for several months, but the smuggling has potentially been going on for years.

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Police say that the offences were motivated by money, and not to help their fellow countrymen in need.

Both money and promissory notes were confiscated from their homes and the men’s families had been living on benefits, according to police.

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13:12 January 11, 2012 by apelsin000
Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones
14:23 January 11, 2012 by occassional
How about some good and stiff sentences to the sellers? Say... 23 years each.
14:35 January 11, 2012 by Tennin
People who are willing to sell their passports should lose their citizenship.
15:09 January 11, 2012 by bourgeoisieboheme
Think about how many people are doing this and not caught, that is the scary part.
15:22 January 11, 2012 by johan rebel
Exactly. Sell your passport, lose your citizenship.

What are all these "refugees" doing traveling back on vacation to the country they fled from? Didn't they flee because their lives were in danger in their home country?

The so-called refugees from Lebanon are a perfect example. When the Israelis gave Hizbollah what it had coming a few years ago, half the poor, persecuted Lebanese who had fled to Sweden were back in Lebanon on vacation, and had to be rescued by the Swedísh taxpayer.
16:09 January 11, 2012 by mkdh
its a very dangerous thing to sell one,s passport and they should get the extrem panishment, how ever for these iraqis i think they have no right any more to apply as refugees in my openion ,i lived in amman-jordan and i have seen iraqis paid thousands of dollars to smugglers, the question here if they have thousands of dollrs why the want to come to sweden? i think they iraqis are truble makers and the goverment should stop bringing them immediately.
17:48 January 11, 2012 by Greysuede
Send them all back to Iraq. They shouldn't be here at all.
19:45 January 11, 2012 by strixy
"What are all these "refugees" doing traveling back on vacation to the country they fled from? Didn't they flee because their lives were in danger in their home country?"

My thoughts exactly. I have never seen a North Korean or a Chinese refugee travelling back to visit family!
20:28 January 11, 2012 by swedejane
Well, I guess we're supposed to believe "they" all look the same?
20:58 January 11, 2012 by bramblebush
@ Greysuede: "Send them all back to Iraq. They shouldn't be here at all. "

Now that statement is the most logical of all the posts....
02:17 January 12, 2012 by axiom
Just arrived back in Sweden, my passport was given a thorough looking over at border control, UV lights, etc

All Swedes walk through (their right of course). Seems like the profiling is aimed in the wrong direction . . .

I just find it quite ironic
06:43 January 12, 2012 by RobinHood
Last year the Danes were criticised for increasing passport checks on travellers between Sweden and Denmark. It seems they were right after all. Sweden seems incabable of securing its own borders, or securing its own cities, and its neighbours are beginning to assume those responsibilities unilaterally. How humiliating.
07:18 January 12, 2012 by karex
Loss of citizenship and deportation should be the way to go. Prison will only increase cost on the system which as it appears has already been paying benefits to the families.

I would really like to see an estimate of how many and for how long this has been going on just to see the neighborhood of the cost involved. My guess is in the millions.
10:48 January 12, 2012 by Douglas Garner
And so enters the beauty of hand and eye scans!
23:07 January 14, 2012 by Chickybee
What is happening to Sweden?

A Swedish passport used to be respected and valued but now a great deal of 'Swedes' on paper are destroying this country and turning areas such as Malmo into a place that ethnic Swedes will evacuate.

It's only a matter of time before Norway and Denmark set up complete border controls and to think that the Nordic Union was one of the most original models for European societies - like it or not - this has been caused by, yes, I will say it - MUSLIM immigration.
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