EU’s passport fraud ‘epidemic’ – 250,000 stolen or lost Syrian and Iraqi passports

ROME — Europe’s trade in forged and stolen passports is so out of control that the U.S. has given five EU countries until next week to act or risk losing visa-free travel rights.

The threat comes in response to growing alarm over the rising number of lost and stolen documents in the EU, which has doubled in five years. The number of forged passports in the Middle East is also a rising concern. Interpol has data on 250,000 stolen or lost Syrian and Iraqi passports, including blank documents.

  • luna

    Use biometrics.

    • Waffle

      I say chip them all — at birth.

      • You both are the apocalyptic anti-christ. 😉

  • About a year ago I offered to trade my Canadian passport for anybody else’s (is there such a word as “else’s”). Anyway I have since withdrawn the offer — I always seem to be on the wrong side of market dynamics.

  • Exile1981

    Don’t worry the Canadian gov’t can verify 10,000 have been used for entry to Canada.

  • Ed

    No one’s illegal, maaaaan! What’s the problem, maaaan?