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Aug 02, 2018

Number of migrants stranded in Bosnia-Herzegovina has ballooned, says chief security advisor

György Bakondi stressed that with the Hungarian border closed, migrants aiming to reach the EU turned to the route through Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia

Hungary’s Chief Security Advisor has said that the number of migrants stranded in Bosnia-Herzegovina has ballooned, creating a situation similar to the 2015 crisis.

György Bakondi stressed that with the Hungarian border closed, migrants aiming to reach the EU turned to the route through Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia.

He said Croatia and Slovenia’s strict border controls coupled with slow government decision-making in Bosnia-Herzegovina and understaffed law enforcement are creating a “virtually untenable” situation in the western Balkan country.

Bakondi added that European aid is needed to handle the situation. Hungary is doing “everything in its power” to help because stability in the Balkan region also has an impact on Europe’s stability in the long run, he concluded.