Macedonia stops migrants trying Balkan route

Police in North Macedonia stopped during the weekend the separate incidents two vehicles carrying 22 migrants who allegedly planned to enter Serbia illegally and travel on to the EU. Police said on Sunday that nine Pakistanis were found in a car in the country's south late Saturday, near the borders with Greece and Bulgaria. The driver was arrested and placed in custody.

Another 13 Syrians were discovered on Sunday, but their driver ran away. Authorities said both groups would be deported to Greece, where they had been before. North Macedonia police said they also broke up a migrant trafficking ring in which a police officer allegedly was involved.

A 2016 deal between the EU and Turkey was meant to close off the Balkans land route from Greece to western Europe.

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