What the world did not need was another migration crisis. That is what it is getting.
Islamic terrorists have seized the cities of Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq.
These cities have printing presses and booklets used to print and issue passports. Now that the cities are in the hands of the Islamic forces, they are printing real “fake” passports.
Passports can usually be checked against records. Countries confirm that the person with the passport is in their files. Nowadays that is almost impossible. Try getting to the passport office in Damascus or Baghdad.
Only a few people have enough skill to look at a passport and decide if it is fake or genuine.
This problem is making countries very worried. This is especially true for countries that have large numbers of refugees passing through them. For example, one of the people in the recent Paris attack had what experts said was a fake Syrian passport.
Making false passports has always been a big industry. Anytime a person wants to go to another country but does not have the right documents there is a way to buy them. In Turkey, they are used in human trafficking.
Today, fake documents are of much higher quality. They are harder to identify. It is easy to see that this is becoming a big problem for the West.
The Belgium police told of one fellow who was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. He went from Egypt to Turkey to get a fake Syrian passport. He then used the fake passport to get into Belgium. The Belgium police decided he was not a terrorist. He was an imam. Nevertheless, the Belgium police said they were worried about non-European clerics influencing local Muslims.
This is a problem that is not going away.
Source: The Wall Street Journal December 23, 2015