BELGRADE – There is a likelihood of a part of the money from a Syria fund being invested in keeping in place a portion of the migrants in Serbia and Macedonia, and even more of them can be expected to arrive in the spring, Asylum Protection Centre Director Rados Djurovic said Wednesday.

Berkasovo, 20. oktobra 2015 - Migranti sa Bliskog istoka u privremenom smestaju u blizini srpsko-hrvatske granice kod Berkasova. Na granici izmedju Srbije i Hrvatske vise stotina izbeglica sa Bliskog istoka ceka da udje u Hrvatsku, posto je prelaz Berkasovo-Bapska, kod Sida, hrvatska granicna policija zatvorila u 11 sati. FOTO TANJUG / MARKO DJOKOVIC / tj

“Unfortunately, there is a likelihood of this happening. We see more and more that they are kept in place. The Balkans is like a zone that can ease the pressure and in which those people can stay,” Djurovic told the RTS.

Djurovic was reacting to a report by the Euractiv portal, which said that a fund set up to help Syrian refugees and neighbouring host countries, such as Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq, will also be used to help migrants who made it to Macedonia and Serbia in order to keep them in place.

Asked whether Serbia can refuse to comply, Djurovic said that it would be very difficult to do in practice.

“Those people are coming – Serbia cannot stop them, the smuggling is growing, and they just cannot move on,” he said.