Almost 1,000 Illegal Migrants intercepted in Republika Srpska

January 26, 2019 3:30 PM

In the area of Foca, Prijedor and Bosanska Gradiska in the last year, some 1,000 illegal migrants were intercepted, entering the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina from neighboring countries.

The police in Foca found 361 illegal migrants, who were haned over to the Ministry of Security of BiH.

Five reports on the criminal offenses of smuggling of people against eight persons were submitted to the competent prosecutor’s office.

Also in the area of Prijedor Police Administration, a total of 334 migrants were identified last year.

Two criminal offenses were committed by these people in the area of Bosanski Novi.

In the area of Police Administration Bosanska Gradiska, in 2018, 299 migrants were intercepted.

At a regular session of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH’s) Council of Ministers (CoM), it was stated that a total of 23,902 migrants have been registered on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the period from January to December last year, where 22,499 persons expressed intent to seek asylum, but only 1,567 of them have applied for asylum, according to the data from the Ministry of Security on the situation in the field of migration in BiH in connection with the increased inflow of migrants in 2018.

It is further stated that the greatest number of migrants arrived from Pakistan (7,770), Iran (3,663), Syria (3,017), Afghanistan (2,780) and Iraq (2,184).

Other more represented groups of migrants originate from Libya (879), Palestine (752), Algeria (477), Bangladesh (452) and India (416).

Last year, there was a continuous increase in the number of migrants in BiH, all until October 2018, after which there was a decline in the influx.

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