Hundreds of migrants have been stopped by police in northern Serbia as part of a sweeping operation against irregular migration, according to local media reports.
In a vast operation in northern Serbia carried out on Monday, February 7, police intercepted and blocked "a few hundred" undocumented migrants, according to local media reports.
The reports did not mention the exact number of migrants who were apprehended.
Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin visited the area affected by the operation, between the cities of Kikinda, Subotica and Sombor, not far from the border with Hungary, Croatia and Romania. He complimented the police for the operation, local media reported.
Serbia will not be a parking lot for migrants, minister says
All the migrants who were apprehended during the operation were reportedly transferred to hosting centers in Serbia.
Vulin was quoted as saying by local media that such operations have the objective of guaranteeing the security of citizens and dignified living conditions for migrants while fighting criminal activities and human trafficking.
Serbia will not be a parking lot for migrants, the minister reportedly said. Meanwhile, media outlets in Belgrade said that during the weekend, the Czech Republic sent an additional 40 police officers to support Hungarian police deployed to patrol the southern border with Serbia.