Thousands of migrants are waiting at the eastern border of Bosnia and Herzegovina trying to enter our country illegally and get to the European Union, Dnevni Avaz reveals.
This is also shown by the operational data of the BiH Border Police, who have been struggling for many days to prevent their entry, largely from the direction of Serbia. However, efforts are being made to prevent illegal entry from our country into Croatia as well.
After more than 250 migrants were prevented from entering the country last weekend, the figure has doubled in recent days, according to data from police agencies owned by Avaz.
In this way, the allegations made by the head of the BiH Ministry of Security that the number of attempts to enter migrants to BiH has been denied.
As the Council of Ministers awaits new official data on illegal migration for the first seven months, the picture on the ground is more than alarming.
The border police prevented the entry of more than one hundred migrants from Pakistan, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia on the first day of the weekend … More than 300 migrants were prevented from entering in the two days of the weekend.
In the first half of the year, 10,525 illegal migrants were registered entering the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), of which 9,919 declared asylum, and only 196 filed for asylum, but did not appear in the process, said Minister of security Dragan Mektic on Wednesday.
“Based on the readmission, we accepted 324 people and brought back 324 foreign nationals. During 2018, 23,000 illegal migrants were registered in BiH. If we assume that in the first six months of 2019 some 10,000 migrants have entered, and if this trend persists, it will not increase the number compared to last year, confirming that there is no enormous increase in migration inflows,” Mektic said.
He explained that these migrants come from the EU, from Bulgaria and Greece, one route through Serbia, and another through Albania and Montenegro.
Most migrants come from Pakistan (36.3%), Bangladesh (9.2%), Iraq (8.8%), Syria (8.7%) and Afghanistan (7.5%).
In the period from May 27thto June 5th 2019, 743 illegal migrants were reported to the Foreign Affairs Department. At the same time, 673 persons filed for asylum applications and 51 persons filed for asylum.