Over 700,000 migrants passed through Serbia, 7,000 currently in the country

Migrants rest near a border line between Serbia and Croatia, near the village of Berkasovo, about 100 km west from Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. Croatian police said more than 5,000 migrants have entered the country since Hungary closed its border, illustrating a possible backlog of those whom Slovenia would not admit. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

BELGRADE – The president of the parliamentary Committee on Human and Minority Rights and Gender Equality, Meho Omerovic, said Tuesday Serbia is a transit country for migrants and that, in the past year and a half, over 700,000 migrants have passed through Serbia, with 7,000 currently in the country.

Meeting a delegation of the Czech parliament’s committee on petitions, Omerovic underlined the humane behavior of Serbian citizens towards migrants, as well as measures of all state institutions that ensured the basic rights to them – above all, reception, which requires extensive funds and more help from the EU.

The delegation also inquired if Serbia would use assistance funds to close its borders, and Omerovic responded Serbia does not plan to close its borders but that, in case of danger to national security, the authorities would consider which measures to take.

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