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    The German customs authorities detained a package with fake Syrian passports, local media reported Friday, citing a Federal Ministry of Finance spokesperson.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) According to Der Spiegel news website, German police are currently checking the documents. Reportedly, there are real passports in the package along with fakes ones. The amount of seized passports has not been disclosed.

    A demand for fake Syrian passports has increased as people who have forged Syrian passports and can speak Arabic are said to have good chances to receive asylum in Europe.

    In August, Germany decided not to deport Syrian migrants and suspend the Dublin Protocol for Syrian refugees, which stipulates that receiving countries must store fingerprints and asylum claims to prevent multiple applications in different EU states.

    Thousands of migrants are arriving in Europe from the Middle East and North Africa, trying to escape violence and poverty in their home countries. Last month, the German Interior Ministry said it expected 800,000 asylum seekers to come to the country by the end of 2015, almost four times as many as in 2014.

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