Problems with Illegal Migrants: More than Twenty Passports thrown in Garbage

September 20, 2019 10:00 AM

More than 20 passports thrown in a container in Velika Kladusa were found in on Thursday.

Passports were thrown by Kurds and were found by a passerby, and as one resident of Velika Kladusa told Patria News Agency that it is not the first time that passports have been found.

“Most of them are like this, and then they are presenting themselves as Syrians and Afghans and receiving asylum in Western countries. We no longer can walk on the streets properly,” a passerby who found passports told Patria.

It is well known that the burden of the migrant crisis has fallen heavily on the Una-Sana Canton, with the lack of adequate state assistance.

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.

The European Union announced on Tuesday that it will allocate €14.8 million to address the needs of migrants and refugees who remain present in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This includes €13 million of support to migration management – for which an implementation agreement was signed on 21 June with the International Organisation for Migration – and €1.8 million for humanitarian aid.

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