An estimated 50,000 migrants have crossed Bosnia since last year to richer EU countries; many of these people may die of cold and starvation during the winter
The European Union's top migration authority has warned the Bosnian authorities today of a probable humanitarian crisis this winter because of dire conditions in the overcrowded migrant camps in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos today called for the closure of the Vucjak camp near Bihac in northwestern Bosnia, near the Croatian border.
Dimitris Avramopoulos said adequate accommodation should be provided for some 8,000 migrants "to avert a major humanitarian crisis next winter."
The European Commissioner says the EU has given Bosnia more than € 36 million in aid, but the conditions in Vucjak are so bad that “no EU financial support can or will be implemented in this” field.
It is estimated that 50,000 migrants have crossed Bosnia since last year to richer EU countries.
Last week, the Bosnian authorities said they were already working on closing the camp and relocating the people still remaining in Vucjak, without moving forward.
Two weeks ago, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) warned that many of these people could die of cold and starvation during the winter.
The UN has already called camp conditions "inhumane".
The Vucjak camp, tentatively erected in an old landfill near mined land, currently has no running water or electricity.
The EU, the Council of Europe and the United Nations have recently called for the closure of the Vucjak camp.
The Vucjak camp currently has no running water or electricity. PHOTO Reuters
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