Migrants from Syria walking along the highway between Serbian Macedonian border directed in Bulgaria.  PHOTO/ARCHIVE/EPA/DJORDJE SAVIC
Migrants from Syria walking along the highway between Serbian Macedonian border directed in Bulgaria. PHOTO/ARCHIVE/EPA/DJORDJE SAVIC

Serbian authorities said that the number of migrants coming from Bulgaria has doubled since mid-May.

In Serbia the number of migrants and refugees coming from Bulgaria has doubled since mid-May, according to data released by the country's national commission for migrants. It said there are currently 2,891 migrants houses in 18 reception centres in the country, in particular in the south.

The most numerous are those from Afghanistan, followed by Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, and Syria. Only 78 have thus far submitted applications for asylum.

Avramopoulos, centres not planned for Serbia

EU Migrant Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said in an interview with Belgrade daily Politika that the the EU doesn't foresee creating migrant reception centres in Serbia, and that the creation of such structures in Africa or in non-EU member states in Europe, was not discussed with African or Western Balkan countries. Avramopoulos said the Balkan region is one of the EU's most important partners for finding solutions to irregular migration.

"Our cooperation, both at the political as well as the operative level, has produced results at all levels," he said. Avramopoulos said Serbia "has and will continue to have a very important role in these efforts".      

 

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