Serbian police have discovered two irregular migrant camps near Subotica, at the northern border with Hungary, according to Serbia's interior ministry. According to the NGO Asylum Protection Center, some 3,000 refugees are currently located along this border.
Serbian police have discovered two makeshift camps with a strong concentration of migrants near Subotica, in the northern part of the country next to the border with Hungary, Serbia's interior ministry said on Monday, July 18.
Several dozen migrants mainly hailing from India, Pakistan and Syria were moved to a hosting center in the area, the ministry added.
Thousands of migrants who take the so-called Balkan route settle temporarily in Serbia in areas bordering Hungary and Croatia as they wait to cross the border and continue their journey to European Union countries.
According to Rados Djurovic, the director of Serbian NGO Asylum Protection Center, some 3,000 refugees are currently located along the border with Hungary.
About 1,000 migrants cross into Serbia every day
Djurovic said that about 1,000 migrants cross into Serbia every day, including 400 from North Macedonia and Kosovo, and 600 from Hungary.
He added that Hungarian authorities send them back to Serbia. The same source said police officials are working to contain new flows along the Balkan route while fighting a growing number of trafficking organizations and rising crime involving rival groups of migrants and those who smuggle them.
Gangs in the area are reportedly often involved in clashes and dramatic episodes of violence. One person died and several others were injured in a recent fight between rival groups in Subotica.
Meanwhile, Slovenia over the past few days started to dismantle barbed wire at the border with Croatia. The fence was set up during the 2015-2016 migrant crisis. According to those working in the field, this could contribute to a rising number of migrants arriving in the region, in the hope of crossing this way towards Western Europe.