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SEF participates in a Europol operation detaining eighteen foreign nationals

​Under the participation in Europol's operation “Nómada", the Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) has cooperated in the detention of eighteen foreign nationals within an international network on illegal immigration using Portuguese and Spanish airports for foreign nationals to arrive to Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

In close cooperation with the Albanian Police and police and immigration authorities from Portugal, Austria, France, Italy, Slovenia, Kosovo, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, and with the support of Europol, the Spanish National Police has dismantled an organised group dedicated to criminal activities related with assisting unlawful immigration and forgery of administrative documents, in which eighteen individuals have been detained and several material such as forged administrative documents, financial documentation, electronica equipment, money and drugs have been seized in two house searches.

In the beginning of 2020, and by joint action of Spain and Albania under Europol's leadership, forms of cooperation have been established, in which an investigation began considered as a priority by the European Migrant Smuggling Centre (EMSC), aiming the dismantling of an organised criminal group to facilitate forged documents, of several European nationalities, in order for foreign nationals, mostly Albanian, could travel to Ireland, the United Kingdom or the United States of America, with visa exemption.

Since the beginning of 2020, SEF action has already recorded about 100 events at national border posts, resulting in the interception and detention of Albanian nationals holding forged or falsified documents, intending to travel to countries such as Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Canada. Investigations supported in intensive police cooperation developed between EUROPOL, Albania, Kosovo and other European countries, Portugal included with the participation of SEF, have resulted in the detention of 46 individuals, identification of more than 400 immigrants and seizure of more than 1000 forged administrative documents.

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