The number of undocumented migrants that have entered and been registered in Bosnia since the beginning of the year has surpassed 20,000. Some 500 children, including 60 unaccompanied ones, were among them, said Minister for Human Rights and Refugees Semiha Borovac.
Borovac has visited the Bohac canton in western Bosnia, where most of the migrants have gone in their attempt to cross into Croatia and then proceed to other European Union countries.
8.2 million euros from the EU for the crisis
In the former hotel Sedra in the town of Cazin, a reception center has been set up for 400 families with small children and unaccompanied minors. Borovac noted that this was the most vulnerable category and about whom "we are especially concerned."
To deal with the migration crisis in Bosnia, the European Union has allocated 8.2 million euros thus far, Borovac said. The funds are managed by partner organizations such as UNHCR and IOM. The minister added that steps were being made to ensure that all the migrants had a place to stay as well as medical treatment to prevent outbreaks of diseases such as typhus and hepatitis.
Nine centers set up in Bosnia
Bosnian authorities report that reception centers have been set up across the entire country and that there is enough space for all the migrants. There are about 1,000 migrants in Sarajevo. Undocumented migrants arrive in Bosnia mainly from Serbia and Montenegro after a new 'Balkan route' began being used that goes from Turkey to Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia and then Croatia and Slovenia.
Until recently, about 200 migrants that were camped out along the Bosnia border with Croatia for days, demanding that they be allowed to pass. All migrants camping out at the Maljevac border crossing near Velika Kladusa have been transferred to a reception center.