Eritrean tries, fails to sneak into Switzerland inside luggage

2016-07-06 18:58

Geneva - Swiss border guards have sent packing a 21-year-old Eritrean who was caught trying to sneak into southern Switzerland inside a piece of luggage on a train from Italy.

Dramatic video posted online showed a man's hand, then arm, then head jutting out of the rectangular bag and him struggling to unzip it from the inside. He then got help from a border guard, unfolding his legs only to be led away.

Mirco Ricci, a Swiss border guard official in the Ticino region, said on Wednesday the man was detained on Monday evening on the platform in southern Chiasso and sent back to Italy because he opted not to request asylum.

Italy and Greece have been the major entry points to Europe for hundreds of thousands of migrants over the last year.

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