Migrants attempting to cross into Croatia holding banners | Credit: PHOTO/ARCHIVE/EPA-EFE/FEHIM DEMIR
Migrants attempting to cross into Croatia holding banners | Credit: PHOTO/ARCHIVE/EPA-EFE/FEHIM DEMIR

Having purchased tickets to travel from Sarajevo to Bihac near the Croatian border, 146 migrants were stopped once they got to their intended destination and sent back to the Bosnian capital.

Last week, 146 migrants who had traveled by train from Sarajevo to Bihac in northeastern Bosnia-Herzegovina near the border with Croatia, were all forced to get on buses and go back to a reception center in the Bosnian capital after police stopped them from getting off at the Bihac train station.

Not a first occurrence

A similar situation occurred on October 24, when 90 migrants were stopped on a train and forced to go back on buses to the reception center in Hadzici, near Sarajevo. Initially, there had been 153 migrants on the train but seven of them – all women and children – were taken off the train and moved to the reception center in Bihac, while all the others were taken back to Sarajevo.

The migrants had aimed to reach Croatia, and then continue their journey towards western Europe.

Railways to sue Bihac

Because of the large quantity of migrants who have arrived near the Croatian border, Bosnian authorities in October banned the entrance of other refugees into the Bihac canton.

The Bosnian railways company now plans to sue the local government in Bihac as well as the local police for damages after suffering significant delays in railway traffic because of this policy.

 

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