Wave of refugees to Bosnia signals new migrant trail to the European Union (PBS)

Date Publish: 
Monday, June 18, 2018

 

Bosnia-Herzegovina has recently seen a new stream of refugees seeking to reach western Europe. At least 80 people cross into Bosnia each day, joining the more than 3,500 others who have already made the journey this year.

"We’ve seen this all over the world. You can close and you can increase the border controls but you can never close the border. Because if people are very determined they will find a way through. If you look at the map and you see the borders in Bosnia Herzegovina or even the map between Greece and Albania you will see that it’s virtually impossible to close those borders. Once people are determined to use the route they will use it. Here in the Balkans there is a long tradition of smuggling. Smuggling of weapons, smuggling of drugs. Our understanding is that a lot of those gangs have diversified if I can put it in that way, and now also smuggle migrants", said Peter Van Der Auweraert, IOM Representative in BiH and Western Balkans Sub-regional Coordinator

Source: https://www.pbs.org/…/wave-of-refugees-to-bosnia-signals-ne…

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Bosnu i Hercegovinu je u posljednje vrijeme pogodio novi val izbjeglica koje pokušavaju doći do zapadne Evrope. Najmanje 80 ljudi dnevno uđe u Bosnu i Hercegovinu pridužujući se grupi od 3 500 drugih koji su već prošli istim putem ove godine.

"Vidjeli smo ovo u cijelom svijetu. Možete pojačati granične provjere, ali nikada ne možete zatvoriti granicu. Jer ako su ljudi odlučni, oni će naći način da prođu. Ako pogledate na mapu i vidite granice Bosne i Hercegovine, ili područje između Grčke i Albanije, vidjeti ćete da je praktično nemoguće zatvoriti te granice. Kada ljudi postanu odlučni da koriste tu rutu, oni će je i koristiti. Ovdje na Balkanu imamo dugu tradiciju krijumčarenja. Krijumčarenje oružja, droge. Mi primjećujemo da su se mnoge ove bande prilagodile i ovoj situaciji, ako to tako mogu reći, i sada također krijumčare migrante", izjavio je Peter Van Der Auweraert, Predstavnik IOM-a u BiH i sub-regionalni koordinator za zapadni Balkan.

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