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122 foreign citizens, detected by the Romanian border police, attempting to cross the border illegally

At the Romanian Nădlac II Border Crossing Point, two Turkish citizens and one Romanian, who were at the wheel of road vehicles registered in Turkey, presented themselves to carry out the border formalities on the way out of the country, respectively a car registered in Romania. Truck drivers transported marble, plastic and metal profiles for commercial companies in Germany, and the car driver towed a trailer and traveled on the Romania – Denmark route.

Following the thorough control of the means of transport, 94 foreign citizens were discovered hidden in the cargo compartments, respectively in the towed trailer, 60 people being hidden in just one of the trucks.

The persons were picked up and transported to the headquarters of the sector for investigations where, following checks, the border police established that they are citizens of various states (Bangladesh, Pakistan, Egypt, India, Ghana, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Iraq), who intended to arrive fraudulently in a western European state.

Also, at the Nădlac Border Crossing Point , our colleagues carried out the control over a truck registered in Turkey, driven by a Turkish citizen transporting plastics from Turkey to Germany. Following the control, they discovered 22 people in the cargo compartment . During the preliminary checks, the border guards determined that they are citizens of Sri Lanka, Egypt, Syria, Bangladesh and Iraq.

Taking into account the aspects found, the border police have started investigations in the aspect of committing the crimes of migrant trafficking for drivers and attempted fraudulent crossing of the state border for citizens detected in hiding, and upon their completion, the necessary legal measures will be ordered.

At the same time, on 21.08.2023, at 01.00, the border police officers from the Long Border Police Sector – ITPF Timisoara detected with the help of the Attica night surveillance equipment, approximately 100m from the border, six foreign citizens traveling from the interior of the country towards the border with Serbia.

During the preliminary checks, the border police established that those in question are from Pakistan, are between the ages of 29 and 42 and are legally entered into Romania. 

As in the case of the people trying to leave Romania at the border with Hungary, they declared that they intended to reach Western Europe.