Migrants boarding a bus that will take them to Ventimiglia, Italy | Photo: ANSA/Luca Zennaro (archival picture)
Migrants boarding a bus that will take them to Ventimiglia, Italy | Photo: ANSA/Luca Zennaro (archival picture)

Italian authorities in northwestern Italy stopped 13 migrants as they were walking along the Aurelia state highway towards the border with France.

Carabinieri police from the northwestern city of Savona on November 24 said that they had stopped a group of irregular migrants as they were walking along the Aurelia highway.

The police officers said they noticed the group near the port of Vado Ligure.

The foreigners, with help from Red Cross volunteers in Varazze, were tested for COVID-19.

From Iraq, Iran and Syria

The group included 12 men and a woman between the ages of 20 and 30.

Officials discovered that the members of the group were Iraqi, Iranian and Syrian nationals who had reached Savona from Puglia, hidden in trains or trucks traveling to France.

Some of them had reportedly been quarantined in Puglia, southern Italy, until November 20 because they had been in contact with people who had tested positive for the virus.

All seeking asylum

Two members of the group had asked for asylum in Italy and had identifying documents and stay permits with them. The others did not have identity papers or stay permits on them.

Authorities said the two asylum seekers were immediately released without charges while the others were reported to judicial authorities for violating immigration laws. All of them reportedly said they would apply for political asylum in Italy.

Police are investigating whether the group were helped by someone in their journey to France.

 

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