Serbian government a problem for Europe: 10,000 Iranians have traveled to Serbia as tourists by direct flight from Tehran…then disappeared to BiH as migrants, said the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of BiH Denis Zvizdic.
Serbia abolished visas to allow visa-free travel with the regime in Iran. Now, Iranians are abusing the practice and attempting to reach the EU illegally. This has put much pressure on others, including Croatia and BiH.
This “indirect smuggling” has been related to European Commissioner for the Enlargement Johannes Hahn. However, the EU prefers to focus its efforts on slandering countries like Hungary, which actually defends all of Europe from illegal migration.
All, including the airline company and the Serbian government, are well-aware of what is happening: Iranian citizens come to Serbia as tourists on a regular flight from Tehran to Belgrade, and then appear in BiH as migrants, without documents.
“Of course it will have to be interrupted,” Zvizdic said.
The Sarajevo portal “Žurnal” announced that Iranian tourists, who do not need a visa for Serbia, illegally enter BiH in less than 48 hours after arrival. They are obviously being assisted by internal smuggling networks.
According to security estimates, more than ten thousand migrants from Iran have entered Europe across the Belgrade airport.
According to official data, from February to September this year, Iranian migrants are the third largest in BiH.
The biggest migrant pressure facing BiH comes from Serbia.
* There is a backlog of migrants roaming Serbia and other areas in the Balkans waiting for smugglers to transport them to the EU, which seems to lure the migrants with its generous benefits.
This is a recipe for disaster and they must be deported outside of Europe.
In the meantime, the EU and European nation states should ramp up the economic sanctions on Serbia in order to adjust its attitude. At a minimum, any thoughts of EU membership must be put on hold until Serbia ends this negligent practice, which puts all Europeans at risk.
Unfortunately, we have no confidence in the EU to take action. Croatia and BiH will have to strengthen its border security while putting intense pressure on the airline company profiting from this abuse.