EU criticizes Bosnia for not helping migrants

The European Union urged Bosnia to act to prevent a humanitarian crisis as entire migrant families are on the move in cold winter weather in the Balkan country trying to reach the Western Europe, AP reported.

The EU’s Bosnia mission warned in a statement on Thursday that current weather conditions are putting at risk the lives of more than 3,000 people who have been sleeping rough or staying in inadequate conditions in the country.

Migrants come to Bosnia with the aim of reaching neighboring EU nation Croatia before moving on toward Western Europe from there. To cross to Croatia from Bosnia, migrants often use hidden mountain routes in the northwest of the country.

The EU in its statement urged Bosnia’s authorities to relocate migrants to EU-funded facilities for the winter and open new ones. “The humanitarian crisis is becoming a reality because of the lack of action of the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina,” the statement said. “Solutions exist and the EU is ready to support Bosnia and Herzegovina in the necessary actions,” it added.

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