From file: Migrants walking near boder between Greece and North Macedonia | Photo: Imago Images
From file: Migrants walking near boder between Greece and North Macedonia | Photo: Imago Images

North Macedonian police say they discovered 87 migrants in a truck and trailer at the weekend. Two men have been arrested on suspicion of migrant smuggling.

In the south of North Macedonia, not far from the Greek border, police in the country say they discovered 87 migrants from at least four different countries in a truck at the weekend.

Reports of the discovery were published on the Associated Press (AP) news wire on Saturday (July 9). The migrants, said police were "crammed into a truck with a trailer." The migrants reportedly come originally from Syria (45), Pakistan (39), as well as two from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and at least one from India.

The migrants were discovered early on Saturday morning, reported AP, during a "routine check on a highway near the border town of Gevgelija."

Two arrests

Two Macedonian citizens were arrested on suspicion of migrant smuggling. According to AP, they could face up to five years in detention if found guilty.

It is believed the migrants had journeyed from Greece and were heading up the Balkan Route towards Serbia and then on into western Europe.

The migrants were taken by the North Macedonian police to a reception center in the town of Gevgelija. They will be deported back to Greece, reported AP.

Since travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic were lifted, the Balkan Route has begun to get busier again. At the end of June, two migrants died on train tracks in North Macedonia. Police suspect they were following the rails in order to find their way to Serbia.

With AP

 

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