PARIS (AP) — The Latest on Europe’s response to mass migration (all times local):
Police in northern Greece have arrested a 34-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman from Romania for alleged migrant trafficking.
Police in the city of Thessaloniki said the arrests happened on Tuesday morning as the two suspects left a warehouse where 44 migrants who allegedly crossed the Greece-Turkey border in small groups were being housed temporarily.
The Thessaloniki police department said the migrants had paid 1,700 euros ($1,940) each and the Romanians allegedly picked them up with a vehicle in Greece.
In an unrelated case, Thessaloniki police arrested Monday night three Pakistani citizens who were suspected of holding two people from Bangladesh hostage in an apartment. City police say the suspects allegedly demanded money from relatives in Bangladesh and threatened violence.
French authorities say eight migrants were rescued from a boat with a failed engine while trying to sneak across the English Channel to Britain.
The French regional maritime authority, or prefecture, said in a statement that the small rubber boat was spotted Tuesday of the coast of Calais.
A police helicopter monitoring the area helped a tugboat reach the migrants as the boat neared English territorial waters. The prefecture said the group brought back to French shores included two children. The maritime authority didn’t provide the migrants’ nationalities.
The Channel has seen a recent spike in migrants trying to cross from France to England in small boats. Calais has long been a magnet for migrants from Africa and the Mideast fleeing conflict or poverty.