Bosnia deports 1st batch migrants back to Pakistan


Sarajevo, Aug 1 : Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH) has deported the first group of Pakistani migrants back to their home country, said the Ministry of Security of BiH. BiH thus became the first country on the western Balkans migration route to deport migrants without residence permits, Xinhua news agency reported. The deportation process was enabled due to the Readmission Agreement, signed between BiH and Pakistan in November 2020, and the protocol on implementation of this agreement that came into force in July 2021, the Ministry added on Sunday. The deportation "demonstrates the determination of BiH to oppose all forms of illegal migrations and send back all who don't meet requirements for receiving international protection," said the Ministry. More groups are expected to be deported soon, the Ministry added. Since 2015, thousands of refugees and migrants have been trying to make their way into the countries of the European Union (EU) through the Balkan Route, one of the main migratory paths into Europe. A total of 3,865 migrants have been registered in BiH in the January-April period, about five per cent less year-on-year. Of the total migrants registered by Bosnian authorities, nearly 76 per cent come from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, according to the Ministry. A total of 1,433 people tried to enter BiH illegally over the first four months of this year, a drop of 32 per cent from the same period last year, according to the Border Police of BiH. /IANS


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