Serbian borders not closed, police chief says

Serbia's borders are not closed but as of Monday all migrants from war-affected regions will be able to cross the Western Balkan route only with a document with a stamp and a photo which they will get on the Greek-Macedonian border, Serbian police chief Vladimir Rebic said on Sunday.

Serbia's borders aren't closed and all citizens with a valid travel document and visa, if necessary, can enter Serbia, he said, adding that refugees from war zones could enter Serbia only at the Presevo border crossing.

As of Monday, all countries which signed a statement in Zagreb will conduct joint profiling on the Macedonia-Greece border, which means that migrants from war-affected regions can move along the Western Balkan route only with the required document, Rebic said.

As announced, migrants from the Middle East en route to a European Union country can enter only across the Greek-Macedonian border and all other crossings will be illegal, which means that they will be returned back.

Rebic underlined the importance of alignment and joint decisions by all the countries on the Western Balkan route to "jointly implement all the measures" so that they could be ready for the spring and summer migrant wave.

"At this moment there are between 120 and 150 economic migrants who can't leave Serbia. They have two options, either to apply for asylum or go back to the countries from which they came in line with regulations," Rebic said.

Last update: Mon, 22/02/2016 - 11:41
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