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Reception center 'Sedra' in Cazin should be closed soon
Text: Muhamed Sadiković, FENA Photo
BIHAĆ, June 20 (FENA) - The temporary reception center "Sedra" in Cazin, where vulnerable categories of migrants and refugees, i.e. families with children and unaccompanied minors, have been staying for more than three years, should be closed soon.
This was also confirmed by the Service for Foreigners’ Affairs of BiH, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Una-Sana Canton (USC), and the decision was explained by the smaller number of migrants who come and stay in this part of the country.
“There are currently less than 50 migrants in the Sedra Reception Center. Also, we must keep in mind that the contract on financing that center will expire soon, so I believe that it will be closed soon,” said Deputy Director of the Service for Foreigners’ Affairs of BiH, Mirsad Buzar.
Minister of the Interior of the Una-Sana Canton, Nermin Kljajić, states that according to their information, "Sedra" should be closed by the end of the month.
According to the data of the Cantonal Police Administration, about 1,600 migrants and refugees are currently staying in the reception centers in the Una-Sana Canton, while the construction of the migrant center at the Lipa locality near Bihać is in an advanced stage.
It was also said that the smaller number of migrants in the USC this year is the result of mutual strengthening of border control with the Republic of Croatia and increase in price of that route, as well as much more serious engagement of competent state institutions when it comes to controlling the movement and stay of migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina.