Greece: Police discover 41 migrants in refrigerated truck

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Greece: Police discover 41 migrants in refrigerated truck
Greece: Police discover 41 migrants in refrigerated truck

Greek police have found 41 people alive in a refrigerated truck in a discovery that has underscored the extraordinary risk migrants are prepared to take to get into Europe.

The find came 10 days after 39 bodies, all believed to be Vietnamese migrants, were discovered in the back of a refrigerated lorry near Essex. Two people have been charged in Britain and eight in Vietnam over the deaths.

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The refrigeration system in the lorry where the migrants were found in northern Greece had not been turned on, and none of the migrants were injured, though some asked for medical assistance, a Greek police official said.

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Police had stopped the truck near the city of Xanthi for a routine check, arresting the driver and taking him and the migrants to a nearby police station for identification.

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Greece is currently struggling with the biggest resurgence in arrivals of migrants and refugees since 2015, when more than a million crossed into Europe from Turkey via Greece.

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