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Bosnia Told to Brace for Influx of Refugees




(MENAFN - The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) Bosnia's government the Council of Ministers has instructed state institutions to start preparingfor an increased influx of refugees following concerns that migrants could establish new routes through Bosnia to Croatia and the EU Security Minister Dragan Mektic said.

The main route of refugees and migrants runs though Greece Macedonia Serbia to Hungary.

But Drago Zuparic Iljic from the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies in Zagreb told BIRN that after Hungary started reinforcing its border with walls and fences refugees may choose new routes through Bosnia towards eastern Croatia near Karlovac. From there it is only a few kilometres to Slovenia which is a part of the EU Shengen zone.

Mektic declined to speculate on the number of people who might come to Bosnia but the German newspaperDer Spiegelreported that as many as 10000 could reach Bosnia in the coming period.

“Mass influxes of both refugees and migrants are possible” Mektic said in Sarajevo on Tuesday. “We prepared a document for the Council of Ministers where we indicated which institutions should do what. There are two components. The first is security...the other is humanitarian.

“We want to be a part of the solution together with the EU but I don't see how we can solve this alone” Mektic said.

He added that Bosnia's authorities were very aware of the danger of possible terrorist infiltration with migrants as well as the dangers of human trafficking.


Bosnia Told to Brace for Influx of Refugees

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