Migrants: Croatia puts up barrier at Bosnia border crossing

Not far from Bihac, where refugees are concentrated

21 February, 20:00

    (ANSAmed) - ZAGREB, FEBRUARY 21 - Croatia on Friday put up a barrier about three meters long at a border crossing with Bosnia, to facilitate controls and prevent the illegal passage of migrants, said Bosnian website Klix.

    Croatia's interior ministry confirmed that the barrier was put up "in accordance with European laws on control and protection of EU external borders".

    The barrier was installed at the Licko Petrovo Selo border crossing between Croatia and Bosnia, on the road that leads to the nearby Bosnian town of Bihac.

    For about two years, this area has been along the part of the Balkan route most frequently used by migrants to cross through Croatia, which still isn't part of the Schengen Area, as they attempt to reach Slovenia, Austria, or Italy.

    Zagreb explained that border crossings as a rule should be protected by fences or other types of barriers.

    "In the event it becomes necessary, and based on an analysis of the risks connected to the migratory crisis, in the future barriers will be placed at other crossings as well," said the Croatian interior ministry.

    Similar barriers were recently placed at at least six other border crossings with Serbia and Bosnia.

    Since the dramatic migratory crisis of 2015, Croatia has consistently refused to put up barbed-wire fences along its own borders, as Slovenia and Hungary have done.

    In recent years, however, Croatian police have been harshly criticised for adopting a "push-back" technique of illegal rejections, at times with abuse and violence against migrants.(ANSAmed).

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