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People smugglers cash in on refugees in Europe

The International Organisation for Migration estimates smugglers have collected close to $10 billion.

Incoming refugees wait for a medical check after their arrival in front of the main train station in Munich, Germany in September 2015. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - People smugglers are cashing in on the tide of people trying to find refuge in Europe.

The International Organisation for Migration says that over one million people have migrated to Europe this year, netting billions of dollars for people smugglers.

The organisation estimates that they've collected close to $10 billion from migrants since 2000.

About 80 percent of the refugees have come across the sea to Greece, paying smugglers between $2,000 and $6,000 for seats in mostly overcrowded and unstable rubber boats.

More than 3,700 people drowned on their way, to what they'd hope would be a better life.

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