According to Berlin, illegal migration on the Balkan route is on the increase

According to Berlin, illegal migration on the Balkan route is on the increase

& nbsp; Illegal migration on Balkan migration route intensifies, according to an internal analysis by the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, wrote the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag on Sunday.

According to the Ministry's analysis, all indicators of migration trends, including the number of illegal border crossings registered and the number of asylum applications, confirm that migration pressures have increased in each of the Balkan countries from Turkey to Greece through 2017 compared to.

At present, there are approximately 12,000 people seeking asylum in Western Europe. Most of them, about 7,000 people, are in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Their accommodation and supply conditions are expected to worsen as winter approaches, according to the analysis, which has shown that some 25,000 people have arrived in the country since the beginning of the year and 18,000 have moved to Western Europe. , from which a complex system of migration routes leads through Croatia to Italy and then to other Western European states, including Germany.

According to the Welt am Sonntag, the Berlin Ministry of the Interior and a group of experts from the Federal Office of Immigration and Asylum (BAMF) have recently visited Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, to discuss ways to support local authorities. Among other things, discussions were held on how Germany could help the return of rejected asylum seekers.

A group of high-ranking Interior Ministry officials also visited the Croatian-Bosnian border region, visiting the Croatian side and the Bosnian city of Bihac, where thousands are crossing into Croatia. Dieter Romann, the head of the Federal Police for Border Surveillance, also joined the talks, discussing with representatives of the border authorities of the Balkans on what to do and possible German support. The largest ruling party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), is calling for significant support from the Bosnian authorities. Marian Wendt, a leading CDU homeland security politician, referring to what happened at the Eastern Railway Station in Budapest in the summer of 2015, said: "If we do not want a second Budapest, we must now support Bosnia and Herzegovina in providing migrants again in large groups to the north. "

The politician said he would have to send troops not only from the Federal Police to Bosnia and Herzegovina, but also from the National Civil and Disaster Protection Organization (Technisches Hilfswerk - THW) to jointly "stabilize the situation".

According to an internal analysis by the Ministry of the Interior, the number of people arriving from Turkey to Greece is the main factor influencing the Balkan route. In this context, Dieter Romann said in a brief statement to the Welt am Sonntag that the removal of permanent internal border controls in the Schengen area is subject to the effective control of the external border, but this condition is currently not met.

The paper, citing another non-public document, an internal report from the European Commission, said that so far 57,182 people have so far crossed from Turkey to Greece by land and sea, an increase of 38 percent from a year earlier. A total of 28,952 people have been displaced from the Aegean islands at the Greek-Turkish external border to the Greek mainland. There are 35,630 people on the islands seeking asylum in the European Union, the highest number since the EU-Turkey Refugee Convention was signed in March 2016.

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