THE BORDERS ARE NOT OPEN AND WILL NOT OPEN ANY TIME SOON

Yesterday a rumour circulated in social media, that a group of refugees were able to cross from Bosnia to Croatia as the borders are now open again. This rumour is not true. According to a Croatian news outlet, yesterday evening a group of 90 migrants marched towards the Bosnian-Croatian border, but were stopped from crossing by a cordon of 200 policemen. The border between Greece and its northern neighbour FYROM (Republic of North Macedonia) is also still closed.

As we explained in our post yesterday, European policy is currently focussed upon preventing illegal border crossings and patrolling borders more thoroughly, rather than opening them. For example, only weeks ago, Albania signed an agreement to allow the European Border and Coast Guard (FRONTEX) to support them in securing their borders. It is expected that more agreements like this with non-EU countries will follow. By 2020, FRONTEX is due to have 10,000 operational staff and increased powers to return illegal migrants and prevent them from entering into EU territory