Migrants and refugees at a tent camp in Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina | Photo: ARCHIVE/EPA/FEHIM DEMIR
Migrants and refugees at a tent camp in Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina | Photo: ARCHIVE/EPA/FEHIM DEMIR

Over 10,000 migrants and refugees are in Bosnia now, of whom only 160 have requested asylum according to government figures.

Bosnian Security Minister Dragan Mektic has said that, as of Tuesday, there were 10,555 migrants registered in the country. He added that only 160 of them had requested asylum. 


The minister was quoted by the media as saying that the Bosnian authorities are introducing rules for migrants to comply with since they do not have the right to disturb the normal life and functioning of local communities. ''For all those that arrive,'' Mektic said, ''we have the duty to provide full protection and humanitarian treatment but also to draw up rules of behavior.''

Alarming situation in the Bihac area 

In reality, Bosnia is not managing to provide migrants with full assistance. Media reports on the situation in the makeshift camp of Vucijak, in the Bihac area in the country's northwest, are alarming. For the 700 migrants transferred in the past 10 days from the Bihac center, the only humanitarian organization is the Red Cross, which has set up about 50 tents and set a quarantine for those with tuberculosis and hepatitis. Many have scabies. There is not enough food in the camp and the Red Cross has asked for international assistance. 

On Wednesday the EU announced that it would be providing 14.8 million euros in aid. 

45 detained in Slovenia along Croatian border 

On Wednesday, 45 migrants were detained by the police in Slovenia in the Koper district when they were trying to cross the border from Croatia. Media reports say that most of those detained are from Bangladesh, nine are from Iran, and the others are from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India. Only 9 filed requests for international protection in Slovenia, while the procedure has been initiated for the others to be sent back to Croatia.
 

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