Special Representative on Migration and Refugees in Visit to BiH

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Migration and Refugees (SRSG), Ambassador Tomás Bosek, will be visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina from 25thto 30thNovember 2018.

Bocek will visit facilities for accepting migrants, as well as reception centers for refugees without supervision, and will visit the border region between BiH and Croatia.

Bocek will also hold meetings with state officials, local authorities, relevant international organizations and nongovernmental groups to discuss the current migration challenges with which BiH is faced.

Some 20,000 migrants have entered Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) since the beginning of this year until Nov. 4, Chairman of BiH’s Council of Ministers Denis Zvizdic said at a press conference.

More than 14,000 migrants were prevented from entering in BiH, and 899 migrants were sent back to other states by readmission agreements so far this year.

Most migrants came from Pakistan (6,910), Iran (3,373), Syria (2,529), Afghanistan (2,431), Iraq (1,874) and Libya (760).

Hundreds of thousands of migrants passed through the so-called “Balkan route” in 2015, trying to reach Western Europe. BiH was then not part of that route. However, migrants turned to BiH in recent months, trying to avoid more heavily-guarded routes and borders in the Balkans.

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