Bosnia is building a new tent camp for migrants after their old one burned down on Christmas Eve

Bosnia migrantsPhoto: AP Photo / Kemal Softic
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The Bosnian army is setting up a new tent camp for migrants and refugees after the camp they stayed in went up in flames on Christmas Eve.

On New Year’s Day, 150 soldiers arrived at the border area with Croatia, where around 1,000 people currently live in unsustainable conditions in the winter cold.

The migrants and refugees originally stayed in the Lipa camp, which was set up as a temporary measure in connection with the corona pandemic last summer.

The plan was for the residents to be moved to a disused military camp elsewhere in Bosnia. 

Protests

The plan sparked protests, and according to the head of the Bosnia office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Peter Van Der Auweraert, residents set fire to several tents.

On Christmas Eve, the Lipa camp went up in flames, and many of the residents have since barely had a roof over their heads.

On New Year’s Day, the Bosnian military began establishing a new camp, to be run by the IOM.

Bosnia has become a bottleneck for thousands of refugees and migrants trying to reach Croatia and then move on to other EU countries.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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