31 migrants found in a refrigerated truck in France

2015-10-02 18:02
Migrants are stopped by police after the group broke out from a collection point near Roszke village at the Hungarian-Serbian border. (Csaba Segesvari, AFP)

Migrants are stopped by police after the group broke out from a collection point near Roszke village at the Hungarian-Serbian border. (Csaba Segesvari, AFP)

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Budapest - Police have found 31 migrants, 30 of them Syrian refugees, hidden inside a refrigerated truck outside the northern French town of Dunkirk.

The prefecture of the Nord region said they were discovered Friday at a gas station in the town of Grande Synthe. All, including a 3-year-old, were in good health despite the truck's low temperature. The non-Syrian in the group was Vietnamese.

They were all released.

Many migrants use France as a transit zone on their way to Britain, with thousands who hope to sneak to Britain staying in a squalid migrant camp in Calais, near Dunkirk.

The international Red Cross says vulnerable migrants in the Balkans are facing increasingly difficult conditions with the arrival of heavy rains and cold weather.

It said on Friday the deteriorating weather brings with it "severe health and safety risks to people who have already traveled thousands of miles, often with limited access to food, basic necessities, shelter or health care."

Serbia is in the center of the Balkan corridor for migrants who cross from Greece to Macedonia and then via Serbia to Croatia or Hungary. Some 250 000 migrants are estimated to have passed through Serbia since the beginning of this year.

Vesna Milenovic, an official for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, says "Our main concern is what will happen in the next few weeks and months. Autumn and winter weather can be severe in the region."

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