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Migration: Commissioner Johansson in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania




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On Thursday (18 February), Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson (pictured) will travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania to discuss the co-operation with both countries on migration and our partner countries' migration management systems. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Commissioner will meet with members of the Presidency, the chairman of the Council of Ministers, the minister of security, the prime minister of the Una-Sana Canton and the mayor of Bihać.

She will visit the Lipa camp together with representatives from the Ministry of Security as well as IOM, other UN agencies and partners. Bosnia and Herzegovina hosts some 8,000 migrants and refugees, with up to 6,000 people living in EU-funded facilities in the Sarajevo and Una Sana cantons. Last December, the EU supported the setting-up of provisional shelter at the Lipa site as well as providing warm clothing, blankets, food and medical support.

On Saturday (20February), in Albania, she will meet the President of the Republic, Ilir Meta; Prime Minister, Edi Rama; Minister of Interior, Bledi Cuçi; and the leader of the opposition, Luzlim Basha. The commissioner and the prime minister will give a press conference at 10am CET, which will be available on EbS+. The Commissioner will also travel to the Kakavia border crossing with Greece, where she will visit the Frontex-Albania joint border control operation. Finally, she will visit an EU-funded project providing COVID-19 protective equipment for migrants.

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