Mayor of Bihać, Šuhret Fazlić, said on Friday that the situation in this north-western BiH town, as well as all of Una-Sana Canton, was the worst to date because of the large influx of illegal migrants and the fact that the state authorities were not doing anything to control the problem.
“The situation has never been worse. We have an uncontrolled daily influx of migrants and several thousand people in the streets, public spaces and abandoned buildings. We have been left on our own again”, Fazlić told the press.
Local authorities estimate there are at least 7,000 illegal migrants in Una-Sana Canton. In reception centres there is room for only half of them, as a result of which about 4,000 migrants are wandering the streets of Bihać, Cazin and Velika Kladuša, sleeping in parks and abandoned buildings without any conditions for personal hygiene.
They are all waiting for an opportunity to try to and cross the Croatian border.
Such a large number of illegal migrants in the canton’s small towns is an increasing security issue as they are involved in frequent incidents, notable fights between themselves and theft.
Cantonal police spokesman Ale Šiljdedić said 80-90 per cent of police interventions were due to the behaviour of migrants.
Bihać’s Mayor said that since the canton was still left to its own devices, it was forced to consider “radical measures.” “We are ready for radical moves. The migrants must be removed from the city streets and we are absolutely not interested in anything else.”
Fazlić said the canton would likely to set up makeshift camps again, where police would bring migrants after removing them from the streets./ibna