Crete authorities said 1,019 people were arrested at the island’s airports from February and up to the first week of September trying to leave the country with forged documents.
In several cases, the documents used were reported stolen.
Their preferred destinations were other European Union countries, while most of those arrested were from the Middle East and northeast Africa.
The busiest month was July, with 244 arrests. September has also been a busy month, with 227 arrests made until last Wednesday.