Bosnian border guards stop storming migrants
Bosnian border guards stopped around a hundred migrants storming the border of European Union member Croatia.
Published: June 24, 2018, 12:08 pm
The June 18 incident in northwestern Bosnia comes in the wake of a massive increase in migrants from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia trying to get into the EU, the Associated Press reported.
About 100 migrants had moved toward from the town of Velika Kladusa, where hundreds have been staying in makeshift camps, to the Maljevac border crossing, but police blocked them.
Many then staged a sit-in on the access road after others had stormed the crossing, screaming “Allahu Akbar”. Border Police had to use tear gas to drive them back. The migrant men had sent woman in first.
Emina Buzinkic, a Croatian migration activist, told RFE/RL that some migrants had managed to cross earlier, but Croatian police refused to receive their asylum applications.
Bosnian border police on Monday stopped about 100 migrants from reaching the border with European Union member Croatia amid a rise in the influx of people heading through the Balkans toward Western Europe.
Police blocked the migrants near the Maljevac border crossing in northwestern Bosnia, which was briefly closed down. The group has moved toward Croatia from the nearby town of Velika Kladusa, where hundreds have been staying in makeshift camps while looking for ways to move on.
Migrants have recently turned to Bosnia in order to avoid more heavily guarded routes through the Balkans. Authorities in the war-ravaged country have struggled with the influx of thousands of people from the Mideast, Africa and Asia.
Peter Van der Auweraert, from the International Organization for Migration, complained to The Associated Press that as a result of the migrant influx, Bosnians may already view migrants as “troublemakers” rather than “people in need of help”.
On Monday, a migrant was stabbed in a fight with another migrant in an asylum center in southern Bosnia, police said.
According to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies more than 5 600 migrants have reached Bosnia and Herzegovina already this year, compared with only 754 in all of 2017.
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