SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say a patrol has found 45 migrants on a main highway near the central town of Veles and arrested a van driver.
The 45 Pakistani migrants were discovered packed in the van early Sunday. Police say the 28-year-old driver, a Macedonian national, was arrested.
The migrants are believed to have entered North Macedonia illegally from Greece and are expected to be deported back.
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Although officially closed since 2016, the so-called Balkan route remains active for the illegal transfer of migrants to wealthier European countries.
The number of migrants caught entering North Macedonia illegally has increased 20% this year.