34 migrants deported from Cairo Airport
Cairo International Airport - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Some 34 migrants were deported Thursday from the Cairo Airport after attempting to illegally enter Libya.

An airport source told Youm7 that 19 Sudanese and 15 Ethiopians were arrested at the Sallom border after an attempt to enter the oil-rich state.

Last Friday another group of 33 were sent their home countries after they had been arrested attempting to migrate to Libya and Italy, Youm7 reported.

Some foreigners who wish to travel to Libya or Europe transit through Egypt, but most boats taking to the Mediterranean sail from Libya or Turkey.

Some 57 Egyptians were deported from Italy in August over violating the residency law. Egypt has received waves of deported Egyptians from Italy and Saudi Arabia a few times this year, and has foiled dozens of illegal attempts to travel to Europe and Libya.

Minister of Manpower Nahed Ashry met with representatives from 18 ministries on Sept. 1 to set a concerted strategy to counter illegal immigration.

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