Austrian Defence Minister Hans-Peter Dosoczil has warned that new migration routes have surfaced in the Balkans, through Bulgaria and Romania.
“According to our recent data, new routes have begun to emerge in the Balkans,” the minister told the German newspaper Welt. He said this started after Hungary and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) “significantly strengthened measures to protect the EU’s external borders”.
“Many refugees are trying to reach the northern part of Europe through Slovakia, choosing a route through Romania or Bulgaria,” said Dosoczil.
According to data presented by Dosoczil, some 20,000 new migrants arrived in Austria this year, of which 12,000 have applied for asylum. About 8,000 of them entered Austria through the Balkans.
As reported by the Sofia News Agency Novinite, Dosoczil believes it is necessary to set up centres in African countries, such as in Mali and Niger, where refugee status claims in European countries will be considered. These centres can be maintained and guarded by military units of EU member states in coordination with the United Nations.