Tuesday, October 16, 2007


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (October 16,2007) - As part of moves to meet EU immigration standards, Bosnia unveiled yesterday an electronic database to provide information on foreign nationals entering and leaving the country.

The Information System on Migration (ISM) will connect the Bosnian Foreign Ministry and Bosnian embassies abroad with the Bosnian Border Police, Service for Foreigners, security ministry and its service for asylum-seekers, Bosnian officials said.

"We have got an efficient weapon to combat illegal migration and smuggling and trade in people, which will surely boost our efforts to get closer to the European Union," the Bosnian Security Minister Tarik Sadovic told a news conference.

Sadovic said the Bosnian Border Police would now be able to access relevant data on a foreigner, including visa application, previous migration history and criminal register, to help them check his or her status.

The system has been funded by the European Commission as part of a 1.2-million-euro project to help Bosnia create a legislative and institutional frameworkto combat illegal migration.

Since the 1992-95 Serbian,Montenegrin and Croatian aggressions, Bosnia has been known for its porous borders and seen as a transit country for the smuggling of arms and people.

In recent years Bosnia has stepped up control of its borders and increased cross-border cooperation.

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