13 Egyptians deported from Italy after arriving in fishing boat
FILE - In this Tuesday, May 13, 2014, file photo, migrants wait to disembark from the Italian Navy Ship "Grecale" at the Pozzallo harbor. AP Photo/Carmelo Imbesi, File

CAIRO: A total of 13 Egyptians were deported from Italy Friday after illegally arriving at its shores via fishing boat, Youm7 reported.

After arriving on an Egyptian plane from Catania, the Egyptian nationals informed Cairo Airport security they had attempted to go to Italy undocumented by sea, but were arrested by the Italian coastguard.

In January, 24 Egyptians were deported from Italy under similar circumstances.

Egypt and Italy have been coordinating to curb illegal immigration, as Egypt’s north shore is also a destination for asylum-seekers from Syria, Palestine, and some African countries. The practice has led to incidents of human trafficking.

In March 2014, a four-day training program aiming to combat human trafficking and illegal immigration was held by the National Center for Social and Criminological Research the National Council for Human Rights.

In December 2014, the International Organization for Migration launched voluntary projects to encourage undocumented immigrants to return to Egypt.

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