European countries are at a greater risk of terrorist attack now feel EU leaders with the controversial deal allowing Turkish citizens to travel across the continent without visas.
Those with intentions of causing disturbance will seek Turkish passports according to a European commission report to reach continental Europe as soon as the visa waiver program comes into force.
Sir Richard Dearlove, the former head of MI6, warned that giving Turkey visa-free travel opportunity is perverse and has compared it to “storing gasoline next to the fire”. He also added that EU will face “populist uprising” if it fails to control migration.
The biometric passports from the end of June will allow 75 million Turkish citizens to enter the Schengen zone for up to 90 days at a time. This decision was part of a hastily assembled deal broken by Brussels to halt the flow of migrants from Turkey to Greece.
However, the European Commission report acknowledges the “increased mobility into the Schengen area of criminals and terrorists who are citizens of Turkey, or who are foreigners based in Turkey.”
Visa free travel deals have been allowed by The EC with Kosovo, Ukraine and Georgia, all these regions are known for their organised crime.
The EU report states, “The proposed visa liberalisation for Turkish citizens travelling to the EU could potentially have an impact on the terrorist risk in the EU in as far as the movement of terrorists of Turkish citizenship to and from the Schengen area is concerned.”
The fingerprints of those who will enter Europe with a visa will be logged in a single database that can be searched by counter terrorism investigators but the deal has removed this extra level of security.
There are speculations that undetected entry from Kosovo which produced 300 fighters in Syria and Iraq and have joined terrorist networks
Kosovo is considered as a high level corrupted crime zone. The breakaway Siberian province also has the dubious distinction of producing the most jihadist terrorists per capita than any other European state. According to EC reports “Visa liberalization could also have an impact on undetected entry into the EU of persons from Kosovo who return from war zones where they had joined terrorist networks.” The destination is known for drug trafficking, facilitation in irregular migration, corruption, money-laundering and fraud, trafficking in human beings, the illicit trafficking of small arms and light weapons and returning foreign terrorist fighters.
Turkish authorities will be issuing reforms for the Turkish police, judiciary and counter-terrorism apparatus that are pre-condition of the visa deal that will help to mitigate the risk. Training will be imparted on ethical codes of anti-corruption warning the officials that they have to be very cautious while issuing the passport and citizenship papers as they could be sought after by terrorists. As there are high chances that as soon as Turkish citizens will obtain visa-free entry to the EU foreign nationals will obtain Turkish passports and pretend to be Turkish citizens to enter EU visa free by obtaining fraud Turkish citizenship for nefarious operations.
A European Commission spokesperson said that 2,525,000 biometric passports required for travel to the EU had been issued by Kosovo, Georgia and Ukraine and none by Turkey so far.