Minister: Bosnia records 39 percent drop in influx of migrants this year

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Source: N1

Bosnia's Security Minister Selmo Cikotic said Tuesday that his ministry recorded a drop in the number of migrants who entered the country in the first eight months of this year, adding that the most probable cause for this is the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The influx of migrants has dropped by around 39 percent because last year we recorded 18,399 migrants but this year there were only 11,292,” Cikotic said diring the state house of Representative session, responding to an MP's question regarding this issue.

According to him, the majority of migrants this year came from Afghanistan, approximately 27 percent, then from Pakistan with about 23 percent participation in the total number of migrants moving through the country, followed by Bangladesh with 19 percent, Morocco with 10, Iraq with 4.5 percent, while the list also includes Iran, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt and some other countries from the Middle East and Central Asia.

The Minister noted that of the 11,000 who entered Bosnia, only 185 asked for asylum.