ZAGREB, June 2, 2020 – The pressure of illegal migrants along the border between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia in the northwestern Bosnian canton Una-Sana is rising, the local police authorities said on Tuesday.
The fewer the restrictive measures which were in place during the COVID-19 lockdown, the more migrants are arriving in this cross-border area.
Busloads of migrants, who are trying to reach western and northern Europe, are arriving in this canton, and there is no more room in the accommodation centres organised for migrants, which is why there are more and more people staying outdoors or in makeshift migrant shelters.
In the last seven days, with the restoration of bus services between cities, between 100 and 150 migrants arrive in Bihac by bus every day, police spokesman Ale Siljdedic was quoted by the Fena news agency as saying.
The local authorities also fear that the situation will be further worsened with the resignation of Bosnia’s Security Minister Fahrudin Radoncic.
“We will again have a crisis in the Bosnia and Herzegovina agencies tasked with managing migrations,” the cantonal prime minister Mustafa Ruznic told the N1 commercial broadcaster.