Police in North Macedonia said on Sunday, August 11th, that a driver was arrested after 22 migrants were discovered crammed into his SUV.
A media statement issued by the police said it was border patrol officers who found the 22 migrants, who were reported to have come from Pakistan and Bangladesh, according to AP.
The officers had made the discovery the previous day, on Saturday afternoon August 10th, when they were on patrol in southern North Macedonia, near the town of Demir Kapija.
Police suspect that the migrants had entered the country illegally, entering from Greece, and were planning to have them deported back there. The statement further said that the passengers were firstly taken to a shelter in the border town of Gevgelija.
Thousands of migrants attempt to move on from Greece, to other European countries, using the so-called Western Balkan route, even though countries along that track have strengthened measures to prevent them from doing so along their borders.
North Macedonian police announced they have prevented 10,017 migrants from illegally entering the country in the first half of the year.