Police chiefs to colaborate better along the Balkan migrant route
Vienna, 7 June 2018 (MIA) – Police chiefs from countries along the Balkan migration route discussed ways to improve cooperation during a conference that took place in Brdo near Kranj on Wednesday.
"Everyone said there's cause for alarm," Austria's Federal Criminal Police Office director Fritz Lang told the press after the conference. Its participants included police representatives from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia, Austria, Serbia, and Kosovo.
Lang said that 80,000 migrants are currently in the region in hopes to migrate to Western Europe. "Albanian representatives said there were twice as many illegal border crossings," he added.
Official statistics show that between 2,000 and 2,400 migrants came into Albania since January 2018.
Lang said there was no need to panic, as "the situation is not as dire as in 2015, but we cannot let anything like that happen again."
According to him, a new migrant corridor was taking shape to the west of the old Balkan route, and there were currently around 5,000 migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
To improve cooperation, chief police officers agreed to form international police teams. Their first meeting to discuss the details is scheduled for June 18 and 19 in Vienna, Austria.