Serbia detains 991 migrants, arrests 7 traffickers

Minister vows nation will not become a parking lot for migrants

10 November, 17:19

    Migrants outside the abandoned customs warehouse in Belgrade, Serbia Migrants outside the abandoned customs warehouse in Belgrade, Serbia

    BELGRADE - In a police operation Wednesday in several regions of Serbia against undocumented migration and criminal organisations involved in human trafficking, some 991 migrants were detained and seven alleged traffickers were arrested.

    The interior ministry reported that the operation centered on the capital, Belgrade, as well as the cities of Subotica, Sombor, Kikinda, Sabac, Kraljevo, Vranje, and Novi Pazar.

    The undocumented migrants were taken to reception centers.

    The operation was part of the international initiative named 'Hotspot'.

    "Serbia will not be a parking lot for migrants," Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin said.

    Vulin took part in the police operation in one of the central areas of Belgrade.

    Serbia, he added, complies with laws and fulfils its international obligations but expects others to abide by the country's laws as well.

    Serbia, he said, does not intend to allow its citizens' daily lives to be endangered by criminal activities of trafficking organisations.

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