Azerbaijanis suspected of organizing illegal migration to Italy from Africa

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A dinghy with refugees and migrants onboard is illuminated by a rainbow as it makes its way on the Aegean sea from the Turkey's coast to the Greek island of Lesbos, on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. About 5,000 migrants are reaching Europe each day along the so-called Balkan migrant route, stoking tensions among the countries along the migrant corridor including Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia.(AP Photo/Santi Palacios)

Italian police are investigating the case against two Azerbaijani citizens suspected of organizing illegal migration from Africa.

On July 1 the Italian police picked up the trail of a group of 45 migrants who landed on the shore near Gallipoli in Italian Apulia. A group of 29 men, 5 women and 11 children arrived on a boat under the American flag. Two Azerbaijani citizens were detained together with the group on suspicion of organizing the transportation of migrants.

Since the beginning of the year more than 83 thousand people have arrived in Italy. Last year, this figure was 70 thousand people.

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