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A Migrant Smuggling Clan Is Broken Up in Germany: "The Hydra Is Alive"

By Hannes Schrader, Roman Lehberger, Hubert Gude, Jürgen Dahlkamp, DER SPIEGEL

13 Jul 2022 · 14 min read

Editor's Note

A team of reporters from 'Der Spiegel' and 'Le Monde' teamed up for this investigation. The smuggling ring conducted the dangerous crossing of 10,000 forced migrants over the English Channel.

An international team of law enforcement officials has broken up a vast ring of migrant smugglers operating across Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and France. Still, the strike isn't likely to end illegal migration across the English Channel into Britain.

The beige plastered, 1930s-era row houses lining the road of Priessnithzhof in the northwestern German city of Osnabrück seem designed to attract no attention. On the night of Nov. 12, two men were sitting in a car in front of the building, waiting for Xamgin M., aka Khamji Muhhamad, aka Khmgin Latif – a Kurdish man from Iraq who entered Germany illegally in July 2021.

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