North Macedonian police detect 78 migrants in a truck

North Macedonian police detect 78 migrants in a truck
 
 North Macedonian police have detained 78 migrants who were illegally transported by a truck with Skopje license plates. The migrants have been stopped near the town of Ship, while Police believed to have entered Greece illegally. The driver of the vehicle, a Macedonian citizen from Veles, has been detained and is being questioned by police for the illegal transport of the migrants. The origin of the detained migrants is still unknown.

Ministry of Internal Affairs spokesman Toni Angelovski says the number of migrants entering North Macedonia in recent days is at normal levels and that despite tensions on the Greek-Turkish border, there is still no major flooding in the country.

“The situation on the southern border has not changed. We have a standard number of attempts to enter illegally our country. I can say that the citizens do not need to worry, as the police units are ready to intervene in case of need,” said Angelovski.

Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Bujar Osmani said that the institutions are ready for any new wave of migrants and that they are in coordination with Frontex and EU member states.

"We are in constant coordination with EU member states and with our partners, we have been monitoring the situation since the issue began to deteriorate. Our institutions are ready to deal with a possible hypothetical wave of refugees," Osmani said.

North Macedonia has been part of what is known as the "Balkan Route" for migrants and refugees who have sought to reach any European Union country.

According to the latest data, in the first three weeks of January, some 1,365 migrants were sent to the detention center as they entered illegally North Macedonia.

North Macedonia experienced the largest wave of migrants in 2015 and 2016 when tens of thousands of migrants entered the country. In the border areas with Greece were also recorded clashes with security forces, while the residents of the districts have forcibly prevented the setting up camps for their housing.
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