Slovenia’s appeal helps abolish some visa-free regimes to enter Serbia
That is why we welcome the decision of the Serbian government, which adopted the decision to cancel the visa-free regime for Burundi and Tunisia during yesterday’s session. From now on, citizens of these countries will need visas to enter Serbia. This initiative of our partner country, Serbia, means that it is aware of its responsibility in the management of migratory flows. Only if we work together can we reduce illegal border crossings.
The state of migration in the EU – especially along the Western Balkan migration route – is a constant topic of discussion in various forums. In recent times, attention has focused on the Western Balkans, in particular due to the discrepancy of the visa regimes of the countries of the region with the visa regime of the EU.
Over the past few months, we have repeatedly called on the European Commission to act as quickly as possible. Our latest appeal took the form of a letter sent by our Home Minister Tatjana Bobnar to the EU Home Ministers’ meeting on 13-14 October in Luxembourg and to yesterday’s conference on the Berlin Process. Minister Tatjana Bobnar called on the European Commission and the European External Action Service to identify as soon as possible how the EU can really help Burundi and other countries of origin, in particular in the fight against traffickers, in respect for human rights and support for development.
In the first nine months of this year, the highest number of illegal border crossings were made by Afghan, Indian and Burundian citizens. There were nearly 4,000 citizens of India and Burundi alone, accounting for about 25% of the total number. By contrast, last year there were virtually no migrants from these countries (a total of only 42).