Trieste police working at the border to prevent clandestine immigration. PHOTO/ARCHIVE/ANSA/POLIZIA DI STATO
Trieste police working at the border to prevent clandestine immigration. PHOTO/ARCHIVE/ANSA/POLIZIA DI STATO

The Italian authorities have detained 19 foreigners irregularly present on Italian soil near Trieste. The migrants had arrived in the country via the Balkan route, passing through Slovenia.

Nineteen foreigners irregularly present on Italian soil have been detained by the police between the Muggia municipality and Trieste. They were identified on Monday morning. After being reported by car drivers and passersby, the migrants were walking in single file along State Highway 15 near Rio Ospo in the direction of Centro Montedoro. 


Initial reports say that the migrants had arrived in Italy via the Balkan route and had crossed the area between Slovenia and Italy over the night between Sunday and Monday. 

19 Pakistanis arrested 

The police carried out identification procedures and the 19 migrants are said to all be Pakistani nationals. Carabinieri and police took part in the operation. Once identified, the migrants were taken to barracks and police stations for regular procedures.

Police union calls for more staff and vehicles 

"We appreciate the reinforcements received in recent days, though they are minimal, of soldiers and their employment in specific commands so as to 'make up for' forces to use in tasks more adapted to the police,'' a statement by the secretary general of the SAP Trieste police union, Lorenzo Tamaro, said. 

''However, the phenomenon is affecting us. Immigration is coming from the Balkan route and the season that we are entering requires greater efforts.'' He went on to say that ''there is the need for at least 10 soldiers assigned specifically to this issue for each of the border police subsections (Rabuiese, Villa Opicina, and Fernetti), with more dynamic vehicles such as SUVs while awaiting 'structural' implementation to deal with the lack of border police personnel.''
 

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