Serbia prevented more than 38,000 attempts by migrants to cross the Serbian border in 2020, President Aleksandar Vučić said on Thursday, adding that 3,977 migrants are currently staying in reception and asylum centres.
Another 21,000 attempts to cross the border were prevented at the country’s exit points, were 89% more than in 2019, Serbia’s president added.
“This means we have become more efficient. The most illegal crossings into Serbia were prevented from the territory of North Macedonia, although there were many attempts of entry from Bulgaria this year, and the greatest exit pressure was on crossings towards Romania,” Vučić said at a joint news conference with EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson.
Serbia is “a reliable and strong” partner for the EU in terms of managing migration, Johansson told a news conference following the signing of an agreement regarding the EU’s support to Serbia in managing migrations.
“The EU has always been a partner to Serbia in facing the migration challenges. You have shown that you are a reliable partner regarding migrations, you treat people with dignity, people are truly treated in the right way here,” Johansson added.
As part of broader support in migration management, the agreement worth €2.5 million is earmarked for the improvement of reception capacities, protection services and access to education. (EURACTIV.rs | betabriefing.com)