Serbia must review its migration policy, because the situation in the country is becoming more and more untenable every day, István Pásztor, President of the Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians (VMSZ), stressed on Monday on Pannon RTV in Subotica.
He stressed that the VMSZ has been drawing attention to the dangers posed by illegal immigrants crossing Serbia since the peak of the migrant crisis in 2015. “This is not a current phenomenon, we have been suffering from it since 2015, but it is getting rougher and rougher every day.
We are talking about gang warfare, and it must be clearly stated that we are dealing with organized crime, organized human trafficking,”
He pointed out that the situation has not changed in the last eight years. The VMSZ keeps drawing attention to the problem, it always gets a response, but nothing has changed. The increasing migratory pressure is unbearable, as it makes people’s daily lives impossible, he added. He also recalled that the European Union imposed its own migration policy on Serbia in 2015, and Serbia accepted it in order to join the EU. István Pásztor said that he had discussed this issue with President Aleksandar Vucic on several occasions and that they agreed on it.
“I think that the only solution is that these people should not be allowed to leave the centers, which should be established somewhere close to the Serbian-Nazak-Macedonian border, until they are granted asylum,”
“Those who have papers proving that they have applied for and been granted asylum can come in the country, and those who do not will be deported back. Anything else is symptomatic treatment,” he continued.
Pásztor added that in the Serbian political scene, the position of the VMSZ is not publicly supported by anyone, as it is not the official policy of the country, but many people think the same way as them. Many people are not even aware of the situation in the areas affected by migration, because they only hear about it on television and have no direct experience, he explained.
At the peak of the migration crisis in 2015, about a million illegal immigrants crossed the so-called Western Balkans route, including Serbia. According to official figures, the most popular route for illegal immigration is still the Western Balkans route. As the Serbian authorities do not deport those they intercept, but simply transport them back from the northern border to the southern one, many migrants are on the move again. A few days later, they reach the Hungarian border, where they try to enter the European Union again.
Via MTI, Featured image:Police.hu