Serbian troopers guard migrant camp near Croatia border

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BELGRADE (Reuters) – Armed Serbian troopers are actually guarding a migrant camp on the border with Croatia in an try to stop the migrants from making an attempt to cross into the European Union.

The camp within the northern Serbian city of Sid, one in all three within the space, is home to 239 migrants. They are every allowed to go away the camp for 30 minutes a day with a written allow stating the explanation and the precise time that they left.

The choice to station troopers on the camp got here after Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic final Friday held talks with Prime Minister Victor Orban of neighbouring Hungary, one of the vital vociferous opponents of unlawful migration into Europe.

The presence of the troopers, nonetheless, appears unlikely to discourage migrants from persevering with their makes an attempt to cross the border into Croatia, which in contrast to Serbia is an EU member state, on their manner westwards to wealthier nations corresponding to Germany.

“I will try to cross again,” stated Ali Reza, an Iranian migrant who has already been caught for 2 years in Serbia and has to date made 10 makes an attempt to cross the border, every time being turned again by police.

“I want to go to Germany. Serbia is a beautiful country, but it does not have money,” Reza informed Reuters.

The variety of unlawful migrants following the Balkan path to western Europe has fallen sharply since 2015-16, when round one million persons are believed to have made the journey. European nations have tightened border controls since then.

However, some 9,000 migrants, primarily from Afghanistan, Syria and Iran, are nonetheless caught in Serbia, the overwhelming majority in camps just like the one at Sid. Every day the migrants try to cross illegally into Croatia or Hungary en route for western Europe.

(Reporting by Ivana Sekularac; Editing by Gareth Jones)