Komsic: Until we put the Army on the Border with Serbia, the Migrants will stay here

August 20, 2020 4:15 PM

Member of Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Zeljko Komsic believes that the presence of migrants in Republika Srpska entity is a direct consequence of Milorad Dodik’s rejection of the proposal to engage the Armed Forces of BiH on the BiH-Serbia border.

“At the session of the Presidency of BiH on June 11th last year, Dodik resolutely rejected such a possibility, which continued the illegal crossings of migrants from the territory of Serbia to the territory of BiH. He actually invited migrants to the RS entity, says Komsic and adds that as long as that is the case, and as long as Dodik refuses to engage the BiH Armed Forces in order to prevent illegal entry of migrants into BiH, and in both its entities, migrants who are now in the RS entity should stay there, Vijesti.ba news portal reports.

The Service for Foreigner Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina is carrying out intensified activities of control and movement of foreigners in order to prevent illegal migration, and these activities led to the discovery of a person posing a threat in the past week, who was located by officers of the Service for Foreigners.

This is a citizen of Montenegro, of R.V. initials, who was expelled by the Service for Foreigners with a ban on entry and stay in the territory of BiH for a period of three years, because the person poses a threat to public order and security of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Avaz news portal reports.

The citizen of Montenegro was ordered to be placed under the supervision of accommodation in the Immigration Center, and the person was removed from the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

These activities resulted in the imposition of expulsion measures for 46 migrants, seven of them because they were caught crossing the border illegally, and the rest because they were staying illegally on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

One number of migrants were placed under supervision measures in the Immigration Center, while the others were given a milder measure of restraint by restricting their movement to a certain place.

It is important to emphasize, as it was stated, that out of a total of 46 migrants who were expelled, only four have proof of identity, they are citizens of Turkey, while the rest are persons without identification documents, and according to their own statements they are citizens Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

For persons who do not have proof of identity, the Service for Foreigners has initiated the procedure of establishing identity through the competent authorities in order to remove the persons concerned from the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The subject of the work of the Service for Foreigners’ Affairs from the beginning of the year until today was a total of 10,277 persons, and 674 expulsion measures were imposed. In the past week alone, 586 people were the subject of work.

Around 9.000 refugees, migrants and asylum seekers are currently present in Bosnia and Herzegovina, of whom some 3.200 are estimated to be living outside the official accommodation facilities. Many sleep in abandoned buildings and have limited access to water and sanitation services.

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