The composition of the illegal immigrants has changed over the last two years. First they were “mainly Tunisians, Egyptians and, to a lesser extent, Eastern Europeans, especially Albanians”. Now they are “Pakistanis, Afghans, Italians and Frenchmen, but also Tunisians”.
A record 350 smugglers have been held this year on the border between France and Italy, near the French town of Menton, the Prefect of Alpes-Maritimes Department, Georges-François Leclerc, announced on Monday.
“We arrest and punish the smugglers between Vintimille and France,” Leclerc told France Bleu radio. “At this stage we have held 350 smugglers and handed them over to the justice department, which has a very strict jurisprudence. That’s a record, practically one a day.”
The number of migrants intercepted at the border is expected to reach a record high of about 50,000, according to the Prefecture. In Vintimille, on the Italian side of the border, migrants explained that they try their luck, are intercepted, are sent back to Italy, then try their luck again, many times over.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
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Menton, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France
France (FR) is estimated to have a population of 66.8 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 0.5% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 1.7 million.