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Czech Republic donates € 1 million to Bosnia to strengthen border control of migrants

The authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina will do their best to protect their borders from illegal immigration, the Minister of Security said on Tuesday in Sarajevo, receiving a Czech donation of one million euros, intended for the border police.

Sarajevo expected help from the countries of the region for this purpose and a more significant participation of the European Union.

Minister Dragan Mektic made a statement after signing the agreement with the Czech Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jakub Skalnik.

The Prague government made this donation to help acquire equipment for the Bosnian Border Police, which faces a daunting task in monitoring its borders with Serbia and Montenegro, through which dozens of illegal migrants have been arriving daily since the beginning of the year.

According to the data provided by the Bosnian police service, over 10 000 illegal migrants have been registered to enter since the beginning of the year.

Estimates vary about the number of migrants still present in Bosnia, but it should be between 3,000 and 4,500 individuals, who are trying to continue their route to Croatia and then to Western Europe.

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