Transfer of Vucjak camp migrants awaited today

Extremely poor conditions, many against leaving

10 December, 13:06

    SARAJEVO - Local media say that migrants at the Vucjak camp in Bosnia-Herzegovina will begin being transferred around midday.
    The camp is in the northwestern part of the country along the border with Croatia and authorities - after pressure from the international community - have ordered it closed due to extremely poor living conditions. The approximately 600 refugees - many of whom do not want to leave the camp - will be lodged in reception centers in Sarajevo and other areas of the country. The aim is to transfer them to a former barracks in Blazuj, near Sarajevo, which is currently undergoing renovation. Council of Europe Human Rights Commisisoner Dunja Mijatovic has repeatedly called for the closure of the Vucjak camp, which lacks basic hygienic conditions, running water, and electricity and has become worse after the arrival of snow and freezing temperatures. Many of the migrants do not want to leave Vucjak, however, in order to stay close to the border with Croatia, an EU country from which they hope to continue their journey towards Western Europe. Police have been sent to the area due to expected resistance by some of the migrants. 

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