The Bosnian government is providing incentives to induce residents of migrant camps to cross the border to Croatia illegally and thus enter the European Union.
Many thanks to MissPiggy for translating this article from Die Welt:
Curfew With Exceptions
Bosnian authorities encourage migrants to flee to EU border
The refugees in two large camps in Bosnia will be subject to a curfew as of Friday. If they decide to flee illegally across the border, then they will be allowed to leave the camp. The region is groaning under the rising number of refugees.
In effect since Friday, the regional government in the Bosnian canton of Una-Sana has imposed a curfew on migrants and refugees in two large camps. The inhabitants of the camps Bira in Bihac and Miral in Velika Kladusa are not allowed to leave these facilities unless they intend to flee illegally across the nearby border with Croatia, according to the decision of the cantonal government, according to information the media received.
According to observers, this is intended to encourage migrants to leave Bosnia for the EU. The cantonal government officially justified the curfew because of the “migratory pressure” in the region.
The two camps are run by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which is one of the UN organisations. According to their information, a total of 2300 asylum seekers are accommodated there.
Many wait in miserable camps
However, it is estimated that there are around 7,000 migrants and refugees in Bihac and the surrounding area. Many of them stay in Vucjak, where a miserable improvised camp has been set up by the city of Bihac, in which migrants camp outdoors or live in private quarters.
Recently government officials promised new quarters in former military barracks. As winter approaches, helpers and activists fear a humanitarian catastrophe if no winter-proof shelters are created in the Bihac area.
A week ago, members of the CDU/CSU [Christian Democrats] and FDP [Free Democrats] urged the German federal government to give more support to the Balkan states in order to avert a renewed migration crisis in Central Europe. The background was research by Welt am Sonntag, according to which illegal immigration via Turkey, Greece and Bosnia and Herzegovina is currently increasing.
Due to the “deterioration of the weather situation in the coming months,” a “worsening of the accommodation and refugee situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina is to be expected.” Since the beginning of the year, more than 25,000 migrants have been identified in the small state. 18,000 of them have moved on to other European countries.
The President of the Federal Police, Dieter Romann, said: “There are no secure external borders to speak of today.” FDP Secretary General Linda Teuteberg told Welt that better protection of the EU’s external borders and consistent enforcement of the Dublin rules were necessary to combat illegal migration.
Hat tip: Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff.