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Invisible barriers: life with a fake passport in Europe

 Surprise - Switzerland 19 January 2019

In Switzerland and the rest of Europe, border control has become the basis for a business worth billions for organised crime. Human trafficking and people smuggling are – ahead of even weapons and drugs – the most lucrative branch of the global black economy. Swiss street paper surprise speaks to a number of people who have been forced to use fake passports in the hope of securing a better life. All have the same story to tell; the story of invisible barriers surrounding Switzerland and Europe which, whether legally or illegally, can only be overcome with one thing: money. (2359 Words) - By Christof Moser

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A Swiss border guard checks a passport at the Euroairport in Basel-Mulhouse before the annual news conference of the Swiss customs. Pascal Lauener

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