Bosnia and Herzegovina is facing a rising refugee flow, according to a senior politician Mustafa Ruznic.
Ruznic, the Prime Minister of the Una-Sana Canton (USK) told Anadolu Agency they are controlling the crisis in the canton but state authorities should address the larger issue.
The refugee crisis which first hit its borders three years ago is getting out of hand for a country with limited resources.
The USK being on the Croatian border is a hotspot for refugees trying to find a way to prosperous western Europe.
“24,000 refugees entered the canton in 2018, 49,000 in 2019, and 30,000 so far this year,”Raznic said, sharing the rising figures.
He said the figure could balloon to 70,000 next year if relevant steps are not taken.
Moreover, Ruznic believes that the migrants are brought to USK from the country’s Serbian border and one of two entities Republika Srpska in an organized manner.
Five of the seven refugee camps in the country are located within the borders of USK.
However, the canton has announced new rules saying they will not accept any more refugees.
Buses going toward the city of Kljuc are stopped by police officers. Refugees are dismounted from the bus and sent to a temporary center run by Red Cross where overcrowding is a major issue.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina’s complex political structure caused by the historic Dayton Agreement is one of the reasons believed to be hindering efforts to cope with the looming refugee crisis.
The Balkan nation comprises two entities, 10 cantons, and an autonomous region.
Each canton and entity has its own government. There is a separate government at the state level and a three-member presidency.
Meanwhile, dozens of refugees try to cross to Croatia through villages and forest roads every day.
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