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4 mars 2013 1 04 /03 /mars /2013 10:34

After Banja Koviljaca and Bogovada, the Serbian government plans to open a third reception center for asylum seekers in a former barracks in Mladenovac. As soon as the project known, residents voiced their opposition to the arrival of foreigners near their town (former barracks is 7 km from the city center, in the forest).

 

It is difficult to understand from press reports how the issue of asylum seekers and non-European foreigners, totally ignored and invisible a couple of years ago, became a subject which crystallizes as systematic and open rejection reactions that appear in the public space.

 

At the same time, the interior ministers of Austria, Hungary and Serbia signed a trilateral Memorandum of Understanding on police cooperation, including on migration. To the question of the migrants who cross the Balkans on their way to the European Union they add the one of the "bogus asylum seekers" in the Balkans. The EU determines the continued suppression of short-stay visas for nationals of countries of the Western Balkans means the mesures they take to prevent their nationals from coming to seek asylum in the EU. Controls on the exit of the territory are established, which are mainly targeting Roma people.

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