From File: The Slovenian police participated alongside the Macedonian police to discover 82 migrants in two vehicles at the weekend  | Photo: Cristiana Missori / ANSA
From File: The Slovenian police participated alongside the Macedonian police to discover 82 migrants in two vehicles at the weekend | Photo: Cristiana Missori / ANSA

Police and border forces from North Macedonia and Slovenia conducted two operations on Friday in which they found a total of 82 migrants hidden in various vehicles.

The joint operations were carried out by police and border forces from North Macedonia and Slovenia, on Friday, June 11. According to the news agency Associated Press (AP) the officers found a total of 82 migrants hidden in various vehicles.

In one operation, 62 migrants were found hidden in a truck, not far from the Greek border. Two Serbian nationals (33 and 37 years old) were arrested, AP reports.

The majority of the migrants come from Pakistan (46), Eritrea (13) and three were from Mali according to AP.

Further 20 migrants found on Saturday

Another 20 people were discovered during a routine vehicle check on Saturday, June 12, this time on North Macedonia’s border with Serbia. These migrants are thought to be from Bangladesh. The authorities arrested the driver of this van, who is reportedly from North Macedonia.

Nine minors were among this group, and the authorities sent a social worker to establish whether they were traveling with parents or a guardian or whether they were unaccompanied, said the police statement reported by AP.

All 82 migrants have been transferred to a migrant shelter in the south of North Macedonia, before their expected deportation to Greece, wrote AP. Most migrants leaving Greece travel through North Macedonia in the hope of eventually entering the border free EU Schengen zone and richer EU countries.

With AP

 

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