31 Pakistani migrants found in lorry in France

Published November 3, 2019
More than 30 migrants from Pakistan were found hidden in a lorry in southern France, prosecutors said on Saturday. — AFP via The Local FR
More than 30 migrants from Pakistan were found hidden in a lorry in southern France, prosecutors said on Saturday. — AFP via The Local FR

NICE: More than 30 migrants from Pakistan were found hidden in a lorry in southern France, prosecutors said on Saturday.

They said the driver, who was also from Pakistan, was detained.

The discovery came after 39 people were found dead in a refrigerated truck in Britain last month, once again laying bare the risks faced by migrants en route to Europe.

The group of 31 Pakistani migrants was discovered during a routine check on a motorway near the Italian border on Friday, French prosecutors said. The migrants, who included three teenagers, were handed over to the Italian authorities in accordance with immigration procedures.

“We will try and establish if we can trace it back to a network and backers as we always do in this type of case,” the prosecutors’ office in the southeastern city of Nice said.

Published in Dawn, November 3rd, 2019

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