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Illegal immigrants found hidden in Christmas trees in northwestern France

Illegal immigrants about to be evicted from their camp in Calais (France) on 28 May 2014.
Illegal immigrants about to be evicted from their camp in Calais (France) on 28 May 2014. AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLET

Sixteen Albanians were caught in a cargo of Christmas trees by custom officials in the French northwestern city of Dieppe. They were clandestinely trying to reach England, police sources announced on Monday.

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A truck with two Polish drivers aboard was ready to embark on a ferry towards Newhaven in England when it was checked by French custom officials on Friday.

The custome officials were just routinely checking the truck when they suddenly discovered sixteen Albanians hidden under a pile of Christmas trees.

Both drivers were put into custody while the sixteen illegal immigrants were placed in administrative detention centres, except for two minors who were directed towards specialised services.

Many migrants, among which more and more women and children, are using France’s northwest coast and particularly the port of Calais to try and get on the lorries embarking on the ferries towards Great Britain, who many consider as an Eldorado.

 

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