BELGRADE – EU does not have a solution for the problem with migrants it is facing on its territory, so seeks for one in the Balkans, and perhaps even in southern Serbia, writes Serbian daily “Blic”.


Thus, Serbia could soon see a center for 400,000 asylum seekers on its territory, said for “Blic” Momir Stojanovic, president of the Parliamentary Committee for Defense and Security and added:

“As the EU does not have a solution for the big problem with migrants, one possibility is to finance the construction of a large center for migrants. There is a speculation that the EU wants such a center somewhere in the Balkans, and that the chances are great that the location for it is in Serbia. It is also being said that the location for the center could be somewhere in southern Serbia and that such a city for asylum seekers would most probably be prefabricated.”

He added, however, that Serbia should not agree to this.

“I hope that there will be no pressure on us to agree to build such a center, because even if only a fifth of these people would stay in Serbia, it would be a great economic and security problem,” he said.

On the other hand, Minister Of Social Affairs Aleksandar Vulin denies information provided by Stojanovic and said for “Blic” that construction of such centre is nor a plan, nor is it possible.

“Serbia does not have the capacity to do so, nor would ever enter into such a project. We fulfill our international obligations towards asylum seekers and to persons coming from readmission. Serbia is not building any permanent center for accommodation of migrants nor will build them,” said Vulin.

Nenad Ivanisevic, Deputy Minister in the Working Group on Migration, confirmed that the construction of such a centre can only be planned by the Government of Serbia, which has never discussed it.

“Our idea is to build several points where these people will be provided with aid, as it is already being done in Subotica, Kanjiza, Presevo,” said Ivanisevic.

More than 1,000 immigrants enter Serbia daily, and the most recent estimation is that there are about 70,000 of them in Serbia. They go through five centers for asylum seekers, concludes the daily.