Milan police intercepted and arrested two alleged migrant smugglers from France who were trying to accompany four Syrian migrants to cross into France. The suspects were transporting the migrants after the 11 pm curfew currently in place due to coronavirus in Italy.
Two French citizens aged 22 and 25 were arrested by police in Milan and charged with facilitating illegal immigration after being caught accompanying four Syrian migrants to cross into France on November 3.
The migrants appear to have arrived in Italy through the Balkan Route, currently the main entryway into Italy together with the Central Mediterranean Route.
Migrants included 15-year-old
Police from the Greco-Turro police station stopped a Volkswagen Tiguan on Milan's viale Lunigiana on Tuesday night, November 3, to check why it was on the road after the 11 pm curfew.
The passengers were four Syrians: two aged 20, one aged 35, and one aged 15. In the driver's and passenger's seats were two men from Paris, both with criminal records for drugs. They told police they were on holiday together but they weren't able to explain why they had no luggage or hotel reservation.
Syrians had just entered Italy
Investigators discovered that the Syrians had arrived in Italy just hours prior, after crossing the Balkan Route, and met the smugglers at the Milan train station. The smugglers were to accompany the migrants by car to France, where the migrants planned to continue their journey to Germany, where they had relatives waiting for them.
The migrants said that the "ticket" had been paid by their families and they didn't know exactly what the smugglers charged. The Syrians were taken to migrant reception centers while the French men were taken to San Vittore prison.