Bosnian police prevent hundreds of migrants from entering Croatia (Reuters)

Date Publish: 
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

 

Bosnian police briefly closed a border crossing with EU member Croatia on Monday to block a group of migrants who were trying to walk through woodland to reach the wealthy bloc, the border police said in a statement. Croatia also sent police on its side of the border, Anel Ramic, the interior minister of the Bosnian northwestern Unsko-Sanski canton, said. “Croatia sealed its borders,” Ramic said at a news conference in the Bosnian town of Bihac. There was no immediate comment from Croatian authorities.

The head of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in the Western Balkans posted a video on Twitter showing hundreds of migrants, mostly men with rucksacks and some children, walking through the woods toward the Maljevac border crossing. “Very worrying development that risks to create backlash that is not in interest of anyone,” the IOM’s Peter Van Der Auweraert tweeted.

A post on the Maljevac Border Crossing Facebook page said that police forces from Bosnia and Croatia were deployed on both sides of the crossing, which was closed with travelers diverted to other locations.

The crossing was later re-opened and police were negotiating with the migrants to move away from the frontier, the statement from the border police said. It was not immediately clear why the incident flared up on Monday, but the improving weather of the European summer often prompts migrants stranded in the Balkans to make attempts to reach the EU.

In 2015, more than a million migrants crossed into Europe from North Africa and the Middle East, often fleeing poverty at home, although relatively few went through Bosnia. This year, more than 6,500 people from Asia, North Africa and Middle East have entered Bosnia from Serbia and also using a new people smuggling route from Greece via Albania, Montenegro and Bosnia to Croatia and onto western Europe.

Authorities have said that about 30 percent of them remain in Bosnia, and that most of them have been accommodated in asylum centers. But most migrants head toward the western towns of Bihac and Velika Kladusa, where authorities estimate their numbers at about 3,000. On Sunday, the Bihac police conducted a raid on buildings where migrants are housed after a 24-year-old migrant from Morocco was killed in a fight on Saturday.

Source: https://www.reuters.com/…/bosnian-police-prevent-hundreds-o…

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Bosanska policija spriječila stotine migranata da uđu u Hrvatsku

Bosanska policija je nakratko zatvorila granični prijelaz sa Hrvatskom, članicom EU, u pokušaju da zaustave grupu migranata koji su pokušali da uđu u ovaj bogati blok kroz šume, Granična policija je izjavila u službenoj izjavi. Hrvatska je također poslala policiju sa svoje strane granice, rekao je Anel Ramić, ministar unutrašnjih poslova Unsko-sanskog kantona. “Hrvatska je zapečatila svoje granice” rekao je Ramić na konferenciji u bosanskom gradu Bihaću. Hrvatske vlasti još uvijek nisu komentirale situaciju. Šef Međunarodne organizacije za migracije u zapadnom Balkanu objavio je video na Twitteru koji pokazuje stotine migranata, uglavnom muškaraca sa ruksacima i nešto djece, kako hodaju kroz šume prema graničnom prelazu Maljevac.

“Ovo je vrlo zabrinjavajući razvoj situacije gdje postoji rizik od dizanja tenzija, što nije u interesu nikome”, tvitao je IOM-ov Peter Van Der Auweraert. Objava na Facebook stranici graničnog prijelaza Maljevac kaže da su policijske snage iz BiH i Hrvatske raspoređene na obje strane granice koja je zatvorena, dok se putnici usmjeravaju na druge lokacije.

Prijelaz je kasnije ponovo otvoren, dok je policija pregovarala s migrantima da se udalje od granice, rečeno je u izjavi Granične policije. Nije bilo odmah jasno zašto su incidenti izbili u ponedjeljak, ali vrijeme koje se trenutno poboljšava u Evropi često tjera migrante koji su zaglavljeni na Balkanu da pokušaju ući u EU. Tokom 2015. više od million migranata je došlo u Evropu iz sjeverne Afrike i Bliskog Istoka, često bježeći od siromaštva kod kuće, iako je broj onih koji su prošli kroz Bosnu relativno mali. Ove godine, više od 6.500 ljudi iz Azije, sjeverne Afrike i Bliskog Istoka je ušlo u Bosnu iz Srbije, također koristeći novu rutu preko koje se krijumčare ljudi iz Grčke, preko Albanije, Crne Gore, Bosne do Hrvatske i dalje prema zapadnoj Evropi.

Vlasti su izjavile da oko 30% njih ostane u Bosni, i da je većina smještena u azilantskim centrima. Većina migranata ide dalje prema zapadnim gradovima u BiH, Bihaću i Velikoj Kladuši, gdje vlasti procjenjuju da boravi oko 3000 migranta. U nedjelju, policija iz Bihaća je provela raciju u zgradama gdje su migranti smješteni, nakon što je 24-godišnji migrant iz Maroka ubijen u tuči dan prije.

Izvor: https://www.reuters.com/…/bosnian-police-prevent-hundreds-o…