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Italian and Swiss border guards clamp down on illegal immigration

National News // By Tay Kinnear // Feb. 19, 2019

Swiss and Italian border guards have started joint patrols along the border to tackle illegal immigration.

Pixabay Italian and Swiss border guards clamp down on illegal immigration

A deal with the two countries was signed two years ago – and guards have been training for the patrols.

Under the deal, the border guards will be allowed to be armed despite which country they happen to be in – but their powers of arrest will be limited.

If in Switzerland, the Italian guards will be in a support role – and then vice-versa if in Italy.

The move was triggered after Italy formally complained about overnight border crossing closures. Switzerland says the move was necessary to combat crime.

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