BELGRADE – Serbian Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs Aleksandar Vulin said Sunday that currently there are no more than 1,000 to 1,500 migrants on the move from Presevo, southern Serbia, to Sid in the northwest of the country.
“With the slight improvement in weather conditions, the number of migrants has not risen significantly. For now, the figures are still significantly below average and, currently, there are no more than 1,000 to 1,500 migrants on the move from Presevo to Sid,” Vulin told Tanjug, adding that Serbia is ready for much larger numbers of migrants.
The fighting in Syria is intensifying, which usually causes the number of migrants to grow, Vulin said, adding that around 30,000 people are stranded on the Syrian-Turkish border.
“If Turkey lets those people through, they will reach us sooner or later,” Vulin said.
Vulin reiterated that Serbia will not be a parking lot for migrants or a zone for people who cannot move on any longer.
The Macedonian government is building a new 37-kilometre fence along its border with Greece to increase security and barring illegal migrant and refugees from Middle East and Africa, Al-Alam reports.
Meanwhile thousands of refugees and migrants stranded near closed Greece-Macedonia border crossing without proper food and shelter in freezing cold winter.
But in Syria border where thousands of migrant’s stranded behind closed border, Turkey is under mounting pressure to open its borders as tens of thousands of Syrians massed along the country’s southern frontier.
The border crossing in Turkey’s Kilis’ province has been closed since Friday. On Saturday, the European Union called on Ankara to grant Syrians refuge and said the EU is providing aid to Turkey for that purpose.
The provincial governor said some 35,000 Syrians have massed along the closed border over the past few days.
He said Turkey would provide aid to the displaced within Syria, but would only open the gates in the event of an “extraordinary crisis.
“EU nations have committed 3 billion euros to Turkey for helping refugees as part of incentives aimed at persuading it to do more to stop thousands of migrants from leaving for Greece.