May 3, 2018

Bosnia is to tighten border control to prevent migrant influx

The government of Bosnia is going to tighten border control in order to prevent the further influx of migrants, Reuters reports. 

Two years after the shutdown of the so-called Balkan route, Bosnia became an alternative route for migrants “starting from Turkey via Greece and Albania through Montenegro, as well as for migrants stuck in Serbia.” 

The government has ordered the migration coordination agency to take measures aimed at the prevention of illegal migration after the police have detained this week more than 20 persons suspected of having smuggled up to 200 migrants into the EU. 

The authorities say that from the beginning of 2018, nearly 1,200 migrants from Syria, Pakistan, Libya and Afghanistan reached Bosnia, and nearly the same number was intercepted at the border. 

Sarajevo warned that the country would not be able to come with the significant increase in the number of migrants, as there is only one center for asylum-seekers in Bosnia, and another one for illegal migrants. Both of them are full. 

“Migrants who have entered Bosnia and Herzegovina will be adequately assisted and authorities are already trying to find new locations to accommodate them in a human and dignified manner,” the government states.