Serbia Saying Ready to Face Potential Rise in Migrant Inflow from Bulgaria

World » SOUTHEAST EUROPE | September 17, 2015, Thursday // 21:59
Bulgaria: Serbia Saying Ready to Face Potential Rise in Migrant Inflow from Bulgaria Serbian Labour Minister Aleksandar Vulin speaks to the media at the closed `Horgos 2` border crossing into Hungary, Serbia, 16 September 2015. Photo EPA/BGNES

Serbia’s Labour Minister Aleksandar Vulin said on Thursday the government is getting ready to receive a potentially larger inflow of migrants from Bulgaria” at Dimitrovgrad border crossing but doesn’t intend to keep anyone inside the country by force.

 "Serbia is not a collection center, nor a concentration camp, and it will not hold anyone by force,” Tanjug quoted Vulin as saying  in comments about the efforts put by the government in Belgrade into tackling an increased inflow of migrants and refugees crossing into Serbia from Greece via Macedonia.

Vulin also noted it made no sense for EU member Greece to be an open country that anyone can enter and leave without any documents, while Hungary is a closed country that doesn’tallow people to enter, even those with documents.

The Serbian minister said that he will meet with European Commission officials in Brussels next week to discuss Serbia's problems stemming from the increased migrant inflow, including the related costs.


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