Bosnia postpones Vucjak refugees transfer

Camp conditions unsustainable, new centers being built

09 December, 17:46

    (ANSAmed) - SARAJEVO, DECEMBER 9 - The transfer of migrants hosted at the Vucjak camp in northwestern Bosnia-Herzegovina was postponed on Monday.

    The situation in the camp, located near the border with Croatia, has become unsustainable due to the lack of basic hygienic conditions. The closure of the camp and the transfer of refugees to other reception centers in the Balkan country was announced in recent days by the Bosnia authorities under growing pressure from the international community and especially the Council of Europe Human Rights Commmissioner Dunja Mijatovic, who has repeatedly called for the closing and dismantling of the Vucjak camp. Local media reported on the postponement but didn't cite reasons. It can be presumed that facilities for refugee reception are not yet ready. The aim, after a temporary phase in vary other centers, is to host about 600 refugees from the Vucjak camp in a former military barracks near Sarajevo. Some of the migrants do not accept the transfer as it means moving them farther away from the border with Croatia, where they intend to cross to continue their journey towards Western Europe.(ANSAmed).

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