Sunday 19 January 2020

Man arrested after 36 migrants found in lorry in Macedonia

North Macedonia and Nato flags (Dragan Perkovski/AP)
North Macedonia and Nato flags (Dragan Perkovski/AP)

Police in North Macedonia found 36 migrants who are believed to have entered the country illegally from Greece packed in a lorry during a routine check.

The driver was arrested.

Police said on Wednesday that officers stopped the vehicle near the southern town of Strumitsa on Tuesday.

They said the three dozen people in the lorry included 21 Syrians, nine Afghans, three Pakistanis, two Iraqis and one person from Cameroon.

The passengers were transferred to a migrant detention centre in the border town of Gevgelija pending deportation to Greece.

Although the so-called Balkan route from Greece through the Balkans and on to Europe's prosperous heartland has been closed since 2015, thousands still use smugglers to make their way north.

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