Skopje, June 20, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Naser Pajaziti
Over 1400 foreign emigrants, mainly from African and Asian countries have been granted the asylum seeker status in FYR Macedonia. This was declared today by the Red Cross in Skopje on the occasion of the World Day of Refugees.
Sait Saiti, general secretary of the Red Cross declared today for IBNA that the country has turned into a transition point for foreign emigrants from countries involved in conflicts in Asia and Africa.
“We’re constantly following the situation and for each case, we’re taking all the measures to offer accommodation for foreign refugees. We have asylum seeking centers for refugees which offer them adequate conditions”, said Saiti.
According to him, the majority of emigrants choose not to stay in FYROM and after a short period, they leave the country, aiming to reach western European countries. Border police in FYROM has often caught foreign citizens who have entered the country illegally or who had sought shelter in areas near the border, in order to continue their journey to Greece or Serbia and then to EU member countries.
On the occasion of June 20, the Red Cross has prepared a humanitarian manifestation in collaboration with UNHRC and other institutions, where humanitarian aids for asylum seekers will be distributed. In FYROM there are around 500 refugees from Kosovo, mainly from the Roma community, who have remained in the country since the 1999 armed conflict in Kosovo. /ibna/