Hiding in a large truck, 111 migrants were stopped at the Romanian border by police, hoping to reach Western Europe.
From ages 2-53, nationals of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India were caught late Friday night in the truck trying to cross the border. The driver is currently being investigated as a potential accomplice, though he insists he was unaware of the massive number of strangers in his truck.
According to police, the migrants were aiming for the “Schengen zone”, a free-moving area comprised of 26 countries in the European Union that no longer recognize formal passport procedures.
Romania has attempted to solidify its border patrol in recent months, given border closures in other countries. “This is the point where all migrants want to cross,” said a border patrol officer in October, “but the Romanian border police is here and has succeeded to stop all their attempts until now.”
Migrants are still willing to undertake a longer trek through Romania, given the nearly impenetrable provisions erected by neighboring countries such as Hungary. However, ever adapting, migrants remain clever in their westward attempts. Hiding underneath trucks, risking life and limb across the Danube or using the dark of night to travel into and out of Romania are proven strategies.
Truckers throughout Europe now have to fight the daily battle of migrants swarming and breaking into their trucks. Below is one example.
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