Austrian Police Detain Dozens of Illegal Immigrants

Posted August 31st, 2011 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Police in Austria have detained more than 50 illegal immigrants in two separate operations.

During a routine border check, police stopped a small cargo van stuffed with 18 people, including an infant, as the vehicle attempted to cross into Austria from Hungary. The police arrested the Hungarian driver after finding Kurdish refugees from Turkey and Iraq crammed inside the van with no food or water.

In Vienna, police took into custody a group of 35 illegal immigrants from Afghanistan, India and Pakistan. Authorities were alerted by a passer-by who spotted the ill-clothed group in a residential area. Two Afghans suspected of smuggling the immigrants into Austria also were taken into custody.

The immigrants, which included a three-year-old child, believed they would be taken to Austria, Germany or Switzerland.

Austria has seen a surge of illegal immigration in recent days. Earlier this week, police found 30 illegal immigrants hidden beneath the floorboards of a Greek tourist bus.