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Notorious people smuggler wanted in Europe arrested in northern Iraq

One of Europe’s most notorious people smugglers was arrested Monday in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, security officials said.

Local government security authorities said they had arrested Barzan Majeed, known as “Scorpion”, in Sulaymaniyah district “after an exchange of intelligence information” based on a request from Interpol.

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He was reportedly handed over to the Regional Justice Bureau.

The UK National Crime Agency announced Majeed’s arrest on the X social media platform.

Criminal investigators have issued a request for help in tracking down Mr Majeed, who was found guilty in Belgium in absentia of smuggling in 2022 following a joint UK-Belgium investigation. Authorities said the suspect tried to smuggle 100 migrants to Britain in small boats and trucks.

One of Europe’s most notorious human smugglers has been arrested in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, security officials said. (Fox News Digital)

The number of migrants crossing the English Channel in small boats has surged in recent years as people fleeing war, the effects of climate change and economic instability seek a better life in Britain.

They are paid by smugglers to pay thousands of dollars to travel to the U.S., hoping to reunite with family or find work in a country where immigration enforcement is considered weak and immigrant groups from all over the world can easily integrate into society. I’m paying a thousand dollars.

Last month, Britain’s parliament approved controversial legislation that would allow the government to deport illegal immigrants to Rwanda. Hours later, five people, including a seven-year-old girl, died while crossing the English Channel in an overloaded rubber boat.

Many of the would-be migrants are from the Kurdish region of northern Iraq.

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Although the region is relatively prosperous and stable compared to other parts of the country, rising unemployment and corruption problems are driving many Kurdish youth to undertake dangerous journeys.

In November 2021, 16 Iraqi Kurds were among a group of 27 people who died trying to cross the strait.

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