Fahrudin Radoncic, the security minister for Bosnia & Herzegovina, has warned European officials that close to 100,000 illegal migrants may be headed towards Western Europe from Greece in the next few weeks.
The Bosnian security minister then went on to say that personnel in charge of securing the Bosnian border would be ill equipped and unable to handle the vast wave of migrants that could be headed up the Balkan peninsula, Kronen Zeitung reports.
“Our border is very permeable. We don’t have enough [guards] or material resources,” Radoncic said.
The security minister also mentioned that the rapidly deteriorating situation at the migrant camps in Bosnia, saying that the camps are becoming less livable as each day passes as the already overcrowded camps continue to take in more migrants.
“We are missing at least 1,200 border guards. In practice, it currently looks like a police officer has to monitor 25 kilometres of the border. That is impossible!” Radoncic said.
Last December, European media reported on Bosnian authorities having to clear the Vucjak camp – a massive improvised migrant camp that’s been called the “jungle” for its squalid conditions – after hundreds of migrants living in the camp were transferred to better living facilities near the capital of Sarajevo.
The Vucjak camp, which was first set up by authorities last summer near the city of Bihac – not far from the Croatian border – had no running water, heating, or proper bathroom facilities. The camp mainly housed Middle Eastern, North African, and Asian migrant men.
Before the camp was evacuated, Bosnian authorities were widely criticized for housing migrants at the camp that has been deemed unsuitable for human habitation. After a considerable period of snowfall in December, the Council of Europe warned that the migrant camp was edging closer to a humanitarian crisis and that deaths weren’t far away.
Last December, Peter Ven der Auweraert – the Regional coordinator for International Organization for Migration (IOM) – predicted that as soon as the weather improved that the migrants would “start moving” again.
“The reality is, as you know, that Bosnia and Herzegovina is a pure transit country,” he said.
The Greek government is also bracing itself for another wave of migrant invaders. In December, European media reported that Manos Logothetis, the government commissioner for the reception of refugees, predicted that another 100,000 migrants invaders would arrive from Turkey in the year 2020.
A top government official in Hungary has also warned that over 100,000 migrants have gathered on the Balkan peninsula and have the potential to flood Europe and give rise to a crisis similar to the migrant crisis of 2015.