Hannah Lucinda Smith, Istanbul
People traffickers are shifting their routes into Europe in a bid to outpace efforts to catch them, the Romanian authorities have warned, citing a case in which 69 Iraqi migrants were arrested trying to reach the country by sea.
The group, who were travelling in a Turkish-flagged motorised yacht, were intercepted by the Romanian border force ten miles from the Black Sea port city of Mangalia. They included ten women and 29 children, while the suspected smugglers, who were steering the yacht, were Bulgarian and Cypriot nationals.
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Security and Risk Report 29/03/23
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