BELGRADE, June 4th – Rados Djurovic from the Asylum Protection Center tells RTS that the warnings on the so-called “mosque route” are probably intended for political needs in countries where there is fear of Muslims.
Neighboring countries, primarily Bosnia and Herzegovina, have been very worried over recent weeks because of the increased number of migrants, and Djurovic says BiH is the last option for migrants due to the closed Hungarian border and poor treatment at the Croatian border.
However, it is difficult to pass through BiH, and this route has not taken on a larger scale, Djurovic said in a guest interview with RTS Dnevnik.
There is no migrant route that avoids Serbia, Djurovic points out, adding that the most important is the one that goes through Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and further to Italy and Slovenia.
A less significant route is, as he says, is through Hungary, as well as a branch that leads to Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro in BiH.
Commenting on the Austrian authorities’ warning of the so-called “mosque route”, in terms of the help that migrants receive on their way, Djurovic says that religion and migration should not be linked and that this is unfounded.
This is probably intended for political needs in countries where there is fear of the Muslims, believes Djurovic.
Djurovic says that the Balkans is probably a buffer zone if migrants do not stop on Greek islands, but says there is now no reason to worry that the migrant crisis of 2015 could be repeated.