Dragan Lukac, Interior Minister of the Serbian-majority part of Bosnia and Herzegovina (also known as Republika Srpska) said that he would not allow for migrant reception centers to be set up in his territory after growing calls to redistribute migrants within Bosnia.
Lukac stated that his ministry understood "the problems that are being faced in the Una-Sana canton," referring to the northwestern part of Bosnia which shares a border with Croatia, and is currently struggling to cope with a migrant influx.
While the Una-Sana canton and particularly the town of Bihac are trying to move migrants for various reasons, Lukac focused on an environmental issue that has recently been highlighted in the press:
He said that for Croatia, "evidently, migrants are more of a problem than radioactive waste," referring to Croatia's plans to build a landfill for radioactive waste near its border with Bosnia by Bihac while keeping migrants firmly out of their territory. The plans for the nuclear waste facility have been met with protests.
"Migrants are worse than radioactive waste for Croatia," Lukac further elaborated, directly alluding to Croatia's aggressive push backs of migrants who manage to cross the border: "We cannot allow them to be pushed into Republika Srpska," Lukac said.