Local media reported Wednesday that six Palestinian and three Syrian refugees were detained a day earlier while trying to cross on foot into southeastern Albania, coming from neighboring Greece. They were questioned and sent to a shelter near the capital, Tirana.
Earlier in December, 18 other refugees from Syria, Morocco and Afghanistan were taken into the custody in the same location, all aiming to reach wealthier EU member countries.
Though not a preferred route, many migrants try to enter Albania to move toward Northern Europe.
Albania has signed an agreement allowing EU border guards to enter and help the Balkan country control illegal migration.