Bileca residents say they fear a greater influx of migrants into this southern Bosnian town, adding that despite the increased police presence in the streets, their number is rising as they cross the border from the direction of Montenegro.
An elderly woman named Bojana Samardzic said her home was a migrant hideout this summer, while she was away. Now that she returned back home, migrants are still dropping by, looking for food and water, and a place to spend the night.
“if I thought I'd wait to see this, I would not have believed it. I have no idea what the future will bring,” Samardzic told N1's Adi Bebanic.
The migrants slept on the ground floor while she was upstairs. They also slept in a pigsty and drank their water.
The locals are mostly outraged and have little patience. They complain that migrants come in groups of five to twenty, knocking on doors.
“Police teams work in shifts. Two nights ago they arrested seven migrants,” resident Golub Vujevic said.
“They devastated a total of 21 houses. They broke into two religious facilities, into state-owned buildings, schools, they are very rude and they've made a lot of damage so far,” Bileca Mayor Miljan Aleksic said.
Krstaca village is some 20 kilometres away from Bileca, and According to the local authorities, dozens of migrants walk the surrounding forests in an attempt to reach Stolac and then Mostar, in the south of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
N1's team did not find any migrants in Bileca or Krstaca, so they were unable to hear their side of the story.