Eleven Illegal Migrants intercepted in Bijeljina

January 31, 2019 2:00 PM

Eleven illegal migrants without identification documents were intercepted on Thursday morning in Bijeljina.

The police said they came to the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina from neighboring countries.

It has been proven that they are illegal immigrants from Pakistan.

They are handed over to the inspector for foreigners in Bijeljina Field Office.

In 2018, 1,667 illegal migrants were found in the area covered by this police administration, mostly from Pakistan, 1,150.

Hundreds of thousands of migrants passed through the so-called “Balkan route” in 2015, trying to reach Western Europe. BiH was then not part of that route. The increasing number of migrants was recorded from the end of 2017, and since January this year, over 23,902 migrants and refugees arrived through Serbia and Montenegro, compared to a mere 755 in 2017.

Out of the total number, 22,177 migrants expressed their intention for asylum, but 1,358 actually applied for asylum, the information from BiH Foreigners Office showed.

Currently, there are between 4,000 and 5,000 migrants on the territory of BiH.

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