Dozens of men and boys were found hiding in a refrigerated truck along a highway in northern Greece, according to officials.
The discovery in Greece came less than two weeks after 39 migrants, all of them Vietnamese, were found dead in a refrigerated truck container in southeastern England.
All of the migrants except for two – an Iranian and a Syrian – were from Afghanistan, while six were minors, according to police.
Eight were treated in a hospital for breathing problems, while the others weren’t found to be suffering from health issues.
The 41 migrants were discovered in the truck on a highway near the northern Greek city of Xanthi after police stopped the vehicle for a regular check. The truck stopped in Greece is believed to have crossed into the country from neighboring Turkey.
Greece is currently facing the biggest resurgence in refugee arrivals since 2015, according to Reuters.
Hundreds of people cross Greece’s land and sea border with Turkey each week, the vast majority hoping to make their way to other, more prosperous European countries.
Police arrested the 40-year-old Georgian driver of the truck, which had Bulgarian plates.
Officials told the Associated Press the refrigeration on the truck hadn’t been switched on.
British police have charged 25-year-old Maurice Robinson, from Northern Ireland, with 39 counts of manslaughter and conspiracy to traffic people.
They say he drove the cab of the truck to Purfleet, England, where it picked up the container, which had arrived by ferry from Zeebrugge in Belgium.
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