Migrants try new route to UK through north German port

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Migrants try new route to UK through north German port
Cuxhaven harbour. Photo: DPA

A small number of migrants have started trying to reach the UK through Cuxhaven harbour in north Germany. Federal police say they are stepping up security.


Federal police first noticed in Autumn 2015 that migrants were jumping fences at the cargo port after dusk and attempting to sneak onto lorries bound for Britain, Cuxhaven Nachrichten reports.

According to a police spokesperson, the migrants who have been caught trying to smuggle themselves through have been young men from Kosovo and Albania.

Their goal is the cargo ships which regularly travel between Cuxhaven and the United Kingdom. Once in the harbour area they would attempt to cut open the tarps on trucks before sneaking inside.

“My colleagues have discovered several dozen people on the harbour premises,” a police spokesperson told the newspaper.

Police have reacted by strengthening security measures at the port.

In total police have recorded 32 incidents involving 62 people, Spiegel reports, adding that in the last three weeks the regularity of such arrests has increased.

On May 16th three men were seized at the English harbour of Immingham and sent back to Germany. The three men had made it onto the freight ship four days earlier in Cuxhaven.

Police says that their most recent security measures should succeed in catching the large majority of illegal migrants.


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