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Record large number of illegal immigrants caught on Latvia’s border

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Wednesday, 22 July, Latvian border guards caught 23 illegal immigrants and seven of their transporters during their attempt to cross the country’s border. This is the largest number of illegal immigrants Latvian border guards have caught in a single day.

Seven Afghani citizens and five Latvian citizens were caught trying to cross the state border in Vilaka, as reported by State Border Guard.

At 07.05, a patrol dispatched in Skilbeni border guard’s area discovered signs of illegal border crossing. A state of emergency was immediately established and reinforcements were called in, including K-9 units and search helicopter. At 07:25, after following tracks of illegal immigrants, seven people were noticed and caught in the woods. Two Latvian citizens were caught near Tribunova village. They admitted leading a group of people over the border. Shortly after that, three more Latvian citizens were caught under suspicion of aiding illegal Afghani immigrants cross the border. After their arrest, Afghani citizens requested asylum in Latvia. A criminal process has been launched. Law enforcement authorities will soon carry out other necessary procedures.

In Ludza, approximately three kilometres away from the state border, officers of the State Border Guard caught eight Vietnamese citizens and one citizen of the Chechen Republic.

At 18:05, an officer of Opoli border guard office, while off-duty, spotted suspicious people of Asian origin hiding in Noviki village. He then reported this find to his superiors. Search teams were dispatched immediately, including K-9 units and search helicopter. One Vietnamese woman was arrested on the spot because she fell behind the main group of illegal immigrants. The other seven immigrants and one of their transporters were arrested after a two-hour chase. A criminal process has been launched.

Eight other Vietnamese and one Russian citizen were caught trying to cross the border near Daugavpils.

In total, 222 illegal immigrants and 44 transporters have been caught in Latvia so far in 2015. 144 of those immigrants are Vietnamese, 20 – Afghani and 12 – Russians.


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