More and more Pakistani, Afghan and Syrian refugees are trying to reach Europe via the Bosnian-Croatian border. While reception facilities are hardly available, the influx of migrants, often from Muslim countries, is reigniting tensions in a country ethnically divided.
Since the end of the war, Bosnia has been ethnically divided into two entities: the Serbian Republic of Bosnia (Republika Srpska, RS) and the Croat-Muslim Federation. It is made up of three constituent peoples: Bosnian Muslims (50% of the population), Orthodox Serbs (30%) and Catholic Croats (15%).
In Izacic, migrants are alleged to have broken into several houses, often belonging to Bosnian emigrés living in Germany or Austria. They took showers and stole clothes.
A few dozen men organized themselves to patrol at night. Migrants reportedly threatened cab drivers who drove them to the village. Also, they beat up a group that was coming off the bus last week.