EU Delegation: Two new migrant locations to unburden Bihac authorities

NEWS 15.11.2019 10:49
Source: Reuters

The EU Delegation in Bosnia and Herzegovina said Friday that they took note of the decision by the authorities to allocate two additional migrant facilities outside the Una Sana Canton (USK) which they claim will unburden the pressure of the Bihac and USK authorities who have been hit by the crisis the most.

“Significant EU funds are already available for the development of these new sites. We expect this to lead to speedy closure of the Vucjak site,” the Delegation noted in their statement.

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According to them, the EU's financial support priorities include the provision of humanitarian assistance, accommodation, food, clothing, utilities, medical assistance, education, child protection services, and so on.

“Out of €36 million of the EU assistance provided since early 2018, almost 94 percent has been spent on caring for the migrants, including setting up and managing five temporary reception centres (Usivak, Borici, Bira, Miral and Sedra). The remaining 6 percent has been used to help Bosnia strengthen its migration management capacities,” the Delegation said.

They added that they expect all the authorities in the country to continue working together in good faith to find ways for burden-sharing and long-term solutions.