Analysis 10 Aug 17

Bosnia Sees Increase in ‘Desperate’ Illegal Migrants

The number of people arriving illegally in Bosnia has grown this year as desperate migrants seek new ways to reach EU states after other countries on the ‘Balkan Route’ closed their borders.

Haris Rovcanin
BIRN
Sarajevo
Migrants hiding in truck. Photo: Bosnia's border police

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s border police say that in the first six months of this year, 172 people were caught making illegal crossings of the country’s border, with more than 90 coming from countries affected by conflict.

Most of the migrants came from Pakistan, 52 of them in total, then 25 from Afghanistan, 12 from Syria, three from Iraq and one from the Palestinian territories.

Statistical data shows that in the corresponding periods in 2015 and 2016, only three and six people respectively from the Middle East and Muslim-majority Asian countries crossed into Bosnia and Herzegovina illegally.

Border police spokesperson Sanela Dujkovic told BIRN that despite this growth, the country is not facing a migrant crisis.

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