Somali traffickers using fake passports on Turkish Airlines for chance to flee to Europe
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalis aided by human traffickers are using fake passports to board the Mogadishu-to-Istanbul flight as a way to flee to Europe, a Somali official and Turkish Airlines said.

Turkish Airline last year became the first international airline to fly direct to Mogadishu after two decades of conflict isolated the East African nation. Somalia’s government said that Somali asylum seekers are using fake passports that belong to Somali-Europeans smuggling networks to get to Europe by flying out of the country on Turkish Airlines.

“After the city got some stability, human traffickers returned with scams,” said Gen. Abdullahi Gafow Mohamud, Somalia’s immigration and naturalization department chief. “The problem increased when Turkish Airlines started operating here. Somalis in Europe are increasingly using fake passports to smuggle people illegally into Europe.”

Mohamud said Somali officials caught three people using fake passports last week. He accused Somalis in Europe of being part of the scam. Residents in Somalia pay thousands of dollars for the use of the false passports.

“They look for people with similar features, so that they give their passports to them to assist the person to get to Europe unnoticed. We can’t ignore it anymore,” he said.

Mohamud showed reporters bundles of fake passports he said were used by human traffickers.

Turkish Airlines confirmed that such scams are happening. Merve Oruc, a spokesman for the airline, said in an email that the airline is experiencing “some problems” with fake passports.

“And because of it, (the) visa department of our subsidiary, Turkish Ground Services, goes to Mogadishu for each flight and works together there with Immigration Office,” Oruc wrote.

The Somali government is concerned the smuggling scams could lead to the stoppage of the Istanbul-Mogadishu flight. Oruc said the airline has no plans to discontinue the flight.

Since African Union forces ousted al-Shabab fighters from Mogadishu about 18 months ago, a relative peace has returned to the war-battered city, creating a new sense of hope and opportunity in the seaside city.

At the height of violence in Somalia thousands of Somalis fled across the Gulf of Aden into Yemen ever year and dozens perished at sea while trying to cross the Red Sea in rickety boats. Despite the new, relative peace, many Somalis are still trying to flee to Europe or North America.

Human traffickers are banking on the relatively weak Somali passport security to pass through the system unnoticed. World governments rarely grant visas to Somali passport holders, leading many Somalis to believe that an illegal human trafficking route is their only way to get to Europe.

Source: AP


      • somaliladers don't fly from moqadishu you moron, it clearly addressing people from muqadisho

        What a cuqdadleey kid

        • somalilouder.

          Ofcourse they are many folks from somaliland region flying turkish airline through mogadishu and use somali national passport.

        • LOOOl " Somalilander. Pleas go to Mogadishu and see for yourself the amount of separatists refugee there before you open your mouth you retard..

          • Thruth10

            There are 1.2 million daroods in somaliland so i would bother with fake numbers. There are no somalilanders flying turkish airline when there are many airlines owned by somalilanders like AFRICAN AND DAALLO

          • LOL, I think you forgot that almost half of Somaliland is owned and inhabited by (Khaatumo) darood. You (separatists) seem to think that Somaliland is inhabited and owned by you. Which in reality, you only own Morgan house, which itself is not yours lol.

  1. Any European or North American citizen whether Somali or not , and knowingly allow his or her adopted countries passport to be used by others should loss their citizenship and deported from their adopted country.

    • DieHardDilo You needn’t be a better royalist than the king ! You just a White boy wannabee !
      I Will Give my Passport to anyway member of my
      Family if that could help ! They are There and we are here dont be a hyprocrite !

  2. This is another propaganda and was fabricated by Iran Media report.Iran is one of the enemies of Somalia.

    Iran iyo Somaliland waxay caawiyaan ALSHABAAB.

    • Galdameer.
      This is not propaganda it's REAL. moryaan always have road blocks, fake passports even early eighties they are the one who use run this sort of scam jops.

      Mr Gaafow he the head leaders all the "MUQALAS".

      Turkish airline will bring own security passport check at mogadishu airport or will stop flying from aden Ada airport.

      • Mohamed….And I guess you speak for Turkish airline? Just shush your mouth idiot. Is not like you came to the western world legitimate yourself. Typical hypocrite idiot.

  3. From the comments of Kentucky fried chicken, we can safely say that her father is the one who is master minding these fake passport schemes