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Bosnia struggling to cope with migrants arrivals at the Croatian border
On the 4th of November, violence erupted between migrants in a former factory in Velika Kladuša (Bosnia-Herzegovina), where they had been transferred following their eviction from the Croatian border.
This comes after a huge influx of migrants from the border station of Velika Kladuša-Maljeva, located between Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia. On the 23rd of October, migrants seeking entry into Croatia spent several days at the border before border guards moved them to the Bosnian territory, following an appeal from the local mayor.
Some fifty kilometres to the south, the town of Bihac also saw the arrival of large numbers of migrants seeking to enter the European Union via Croatia. For the past few weeks, between 150 and 200 people have been sheltering in an abandoned university campus before attempting to cross the border. In general, the Croatian authorities react to these attempts with mass expulsions.
As the weather turns colder, one of the top priorities is to find centres with enough space to house these migrants in safe, clean conditions. Two new reception centres have opened in Bosnia with the backing of the International Organization for Migration (IOM): one in Bihac and another near Sarajevo, with enough capacity for 850 people.
This article was originally published in September in the “Veille Europe” of France terre d’asile, available in French HERE