Albania, Montenegro brace for refugee spillover

Albania has stepped up the control of its border crossings with Macedonia and Greece, and Tirana as well as Montenegro are making preparations for acceptance of refugees in the event that the migrant tide that is currently halted at the Greece-Macedonian border might be redirected through these two Balkan countries.

Albanian media outlets have reported that over 450 special police officers have been sent at the border crossing Qafe Thane (Pogradec) – Struga with Macedonia and at four border crossings with Greece.

In addition, Albania has made preparations to offer accommodation in former military compounds at three sites near the frontier for refugees fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and North Africa.

Although it has no official information that Montenegro will become a part of the migration route, its Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare has been conducting all the activities so as to be prepared for the potential influx of refugees, Minister Zorica Kovacevic said at the government's meeting in Podgorica on Thursday.

Montenegro is ready to accept 10,000 migrants in transit, and it may provide daily accommodation for 2,000 migrants, according to the minister.

She said that the authorities were making plans for how to wave migrants through.

Last update: Fri, 04/03/2016 - 10:50

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