SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The Latest on Europe’s immigration crisis (all times local):
Bosnian police say 18 migrants have been injured under unspecified circumstances as they tried to enter the European Union by illegally crossing the Bosnia-Croatia border.
Police said Wednesday they discovered the migrants near the Croatian border and are investigating the incident involving mostly Pakistani nationals. Officials said six men have been kept at a local hospital with mostly leg injuries.
Bosnian news portal Klix said the migrants were pushed back overnight by Croatian border guards who illegally crossed into Bosnia in the process.
In a letter to EU’s migration commissioner, Cyprus’ Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides said the country is stretched to the point where it might not be able to help migrants in real need of protection.
Petrides said Cyprus has the EU’s highest number of first-time asylum applications per capita for the third year running.
He said nearly 7,000 people have applied for asylum in Cyprus in the first half of 2019.