EU 'also to blame' for migrant crisis in Bosnia, Amnesty

Muslim aid org arrived to help Red Cross after IOM left in Dec.

20 January, 11:51

    (ANSAmed) - SARAJEVO, JANUARY 20 - The current migration crisis in Bosnia is the consequence of decisions made by local authorities but also of EU policy, Amnesty International said in a recent statement.

    The organization urged European instititions to collaborate with Bosnian authorities to solve the problem.

    "The EU's responsibility is clear - the current humanitarian crisis is also a consequence of EU's policy of fortifying its borders that has left thousands of people stranded on its periphery or in the neighbouring countries,'' it said in the statement.

    The organization warned that another crisis may occur next winter if the issue is not given the attention it deserves now.

    The mayor of Bihac has said that there are approximately 900 people currently in the Lipa camp, 400 each in the Borici and Sedra camps - both in Bihac - and 1,000 refugees in the Moral camp in the nearby Velika Kladusa.

    UNHCR has stated that an additional 700 to 1,000 people are sleeping in abandoned buildings and woods as close as possible to the Croatian border.

    According to the border town mayor, the migration crisis in Bosnia has been in place for three years and has steadily worsened over that time.

    After the International Organization (IOM) withdrew from Lipa in late December, the Muslim humanitarian organisation Merhamet arrived to help the Red Cross. (ANSAmed).

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