Gevgelija, 23 March 2019 (MIA) – Thanks to greater police efforts and new equipment, last year saw stronger prevention of illegal border crossings, said Minister of Interior Oliver Spasovski.
Minister Spasovski paid a visit to Bogorodica border crossing together with Deputy PM for European Affairs Bujar Osmani on Saturday.
Spasovski said the Ministry of Interior and the Public Prosecution formed a national unit for the prevention of migrant smuggling and human trafficking, and its activities were already making a difference.
“Last year,” Spasovski said, “there was an increase of over three times in the prevention of migrant smuggling and breaking up smuggling rings.”
He added that a million of people transited through North Macedonia last year.
That number alone, according to Spasovski, showed how serious this challenge was.
Deputy PM Osmani said that he hoped all efforts North Macedonia has been making to implement European practices over the past 20 months would result in getting a date for the start of EU accession talks in June. mr/19:45