Some 10,000 transient migrants and refugees are trapped in the small Balkan country, and are already experiencing chronic shortages of housing. At least one in four live in outside organized facilities.
On Wednesday, local authorities in the northwestern Krajina region sent police to evacuate several hundred people from the Beira camp in Bihk town. The group of migrants, mostly young, were taken to a camp that was already filled to its capacity of 1,000.
The crowded tent camp, set up in April, may be forced to close soon, said Peter Van der Auvert of the United Nations’ migration agency, IOM. “The camp is only for summer weather conditions,” he said.
IOM’s Western Balkan Coordinator Van der Auweert tweeted on Wednesday evening that “there were 350 people to go” and called on state officials to provide a solution for them and “force out about 2,500 other refugees to sleep outside” .
He previously tweeted that the authorities “forcibly evacuated” the Beira housing center and brought 350 people to Lipa, which is already full. They will spend the night (and the coming nights) in the cold without shelter, sorrow, inhumanely and unnecessarily. ”
In the next few days, Krajina officials plan to evacuate the second camp of its 700 residents. It is not clear where they will be sent.
Local authorities in the region have long complained of Europe having to bear the issues of sluggish migration, accusing them of failing to help other countries.
The IOM runs seven official migrant camps in the country, including five in Krajina, which now house around 7,000 people. Camps have been set up in city centers in Krajina, including Bira, which have long been intent on closing more than half the accounts of reception capacities for migrants in Bosnia for a long time.
Even before the latest blowout, an estimated 2,500 migrants squealed in Krajina, sleeping outside in a state of insanity. In the past two weeks, remote forests, abandoned buildings and streets on the edge of cities, which began to be established by homeless migrants, were pushed out of city centers. Went and was left in the desolate areas to defend himself.
Krajina shares a highly porous 1,000 km (620 mi) border with Croatia, a member of the European Union, making it a major draw for migrants crossing Bosnia and further to the north of the continent’s rich heartland and Expects the West to continue.
Bosnia, which never really recovered from its brutal 1992–95 war, became a bottleneck for thousands of Europe-bound migrants three years ago when other nations closed their borders and made the migration route through the Balkans Interrupted.
The European Union has provided Bosnia with € 60m ($ 70 million) in emergency funds for migrant camps run by the IOM.