Migrants stuck in Bosnia
Migrants stuck in Bosnia

Bosnia's government expressed a desire to have the army block migrants from entering the country. The Balkan country has become a popular transit country for migrants on their way to the EU.

Bosnia's Security Minister Dragan Mektic said on Wednesday that he wants his country to deploy army troops at the border to keep migrants from coming in. These migrants are en route to Croatia and other EU countries to reach Western Europe.

"I am planning to initiate changes to the law that will provide for the deployment of the army of the army in the protection of our borders," Security Minister Dragan Mektic said Wednesday. He does not want his country to be a "hot-spot" for migrants.

"Europe has failed the security test," he said because migration movements were controlled by organized criminal groups and not official institutions. 

On Wednesday, 15 migrants were injured after a violent incident in a migrant camp near the northern Bosnian city of Velika Kladusa close to the Croatian border, Bosnian police reported.

The country has seen 3,000 migrants enter in the past month with more than 9,000 migrants entering the country over the past year. Many of the arrivals are coming from Pakistan, Syria and Afghanistan and arriving in Bosnia via Serbia.

On Thursday, authorities in Velika Kladusa and another border city called Bihac have decided to stage a protest to demand the central government to urgently provide resources to deal with migration. 

Closer European cooperation on border security

On Tuesday, the Czech Republic offered Bosnia 1 million Euros to help secure its borders. "It is clear that a new migration route via Bosnia and Herzegovina is now leading to the European Union," Czech Foreign Minister Jan Hamacek said. The funds will be used by the Bosnian authorities to purchase cameras, telescopes and drones.

This development is part of a wider trend. More central-European countries such as Czech Republic and Hungary are assisting transit countries such as Bosnia and Montenegro. On Tuesday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic that Hungary would help Montenegro protect its border.    


 

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