Gavin Mortimer Gavin Mortimer

The Colombian cartels are coming to Europe

Cocaine base paste, Colombia (photo: Getty)

In May this year 87,000 asylum applications were lodged with the European Union Agency for Asylum (EUAA). This was a 24 per cent increase on the number of claims made in May 2022.  

Syrians, Afghans, Ivorians and Guineans were heavily represented among those making claims, but there was also a remarkable number of South Americans.

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