Amwaj – Iraqi Kurdistan arrests people-smuggling kingpin, but drivers of migration remain

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KRG security forces have arrested a human trafficking kingpin believed to have had significant control over the people smuggling trade between Europe and the UK, Amwaj has reported. Emigration is a major issue for Iraqi Kurdistan, with many Kurds driven to search for better lives overseas due to ongoing economic crises, widespread corruption and patronage in the Kurdish political system, and a lack of alternatives to the region’s dominant political factions, according to the report.