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#EU Officials: Countries like #Serbia, #Bosnia, #Albania or #Montenegro  are obliged to follow the rules given by #Brussels and not help people on the move

The EU continues to use more money on strengthening borders than on helping people, integration or just meeting the basic needs of those in need. But, why buy food when you can buy guns and drones and build walls?

Originally published by Are You Syrious?

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EU Officials: Countries like Serbia, Bosnia, Albania or Montenegro  are obliged to follow the rules given by Brussels and not help people on the move

The EU continues to use more money on strengthening borders than on helping people, integration or just meeting the basic needs of those in need. But, why buy food when you can buy guns and drones and build walls?

While the UN Human Rights Council issued a statement saying that “increasingly obstructive laws, policies and practices have pushed migrants towards irregular pathways and methods marked by an escalating prevalence of torture and ill-treatment,” the EU decided to equip Frontex, the EU border guard agency, with two military UAVs (drones) for maritime border surveillance in the Mediterranean Sea.

And while EU leaders are spending money on arming borders, their citizens are on the streets trying to do what states should do — feed people and give them basic shelter.

Moreover, countries that are ‘not good enough’ — according to EU officials – to become members of this elite club — such as Serbia, Bosnia, Albania or Montenegro — are obliged to follow the rules given by Brussels and not help people on the move. What is happening in Albania or Montenegro at the moment is not known, except that hundreds, if not thousands, of people are on the move. Big organizations such as UNHCR or IOM are present in these ecountries, but even they are giving very limited to no information, in accordance with the EU policy of ignorance.

All these countries are among not only the poorest in Europe, but among the poorest in the world. However, the EU idea of help is to send Frontex there and force local authorities to seal borders, while carelessly leaving people on the streets and trapped in the mountains.

In Bosnia, an EU border country, more people are arriving every day. The local authorities are among the most corrupt in the world and so far they have shown no interest in helping the people who are coming. The EU has the biggest office after Brussels in Sarajevo, and the bureaucrats who are present there are ignoring the very visible people sleeping on the streets while it is -17 degrees C outside.

On Friday night, a nine-month pregnant young woman came over the mountains from Montenegro to Bosnia and was placed in the only existing asylum centre. Food inside the centre is so scarce that those who are living there are sending SOS calls almost every night to local volunteers. The same happened with this pregnant lady. Local volunteers brought her food. They have to bring it in the front of the center since they are forbidden to enter. Volunteers will have to do that even in the next period. The lady is due to give birth on March 4th, and after that, most probably, local volunteers and citizens of Sarajevo will have to take care of this small family.

The craziest part is that, like the people who are arriving now in Bosnia, the local population also dreams of going to the EU or becoming part of it. According to some estimates, over the last 10 years more than 150,000 people have left Bosnia to find a job in some of the EU member countries.

Are You Syrious, March 2, 2018

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