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We’re giving you stay,' they said, but they didn’t give us. They deport us.

Date & Time 2022-10-02
Location Near Korenica, Croatia
Reported by No Name Kitchen
Coordinates 44.79734727, 15.74496831
Pushback from Croatia
Pushback to Bosnia
Taken to a police station no
Minors involved no
WLTI* involved no
Men involved yes
Age 27 - 45
Group size 10
Countries of origin Afghanistan, Pakistan
Treatment at police station or other place of detention
Overall number of policemen and policewomen involved 7
Violence used no violence used, theft of personal belongings
Police involved 7 suspected Croatian border police, 2 civilian unmarked police cars

The respondent was part of a transit group comprised of ten people from Afghanistan and Pakistan. The group had mixed ages, ranging from 27 to 45 years old. At approximately 6 am on Thursday 10th February 2022, after having crossed the Croatian-Bosnian border to the west of Bihać by car and traveled for another ten minutes, the transit group was apprehended by a group of seven uniformed men.

The group was stopped by a group of officers which the respondent identified as Croatian police, based on their dark blue uniforms. They were allegedly driving two unmarked civilian vehicles. The respondent explained that the officers confiscated all their personal property, including their bags and contents, and their smartphones, which were not returned. 

The transit group asked the authorities for asylum. According to the respondent, the officers appeared to accept their asylum claim. ‘But they didn’t give, they cheat us’, the respondent said, ‘we’re giving you stay, they said, but they didn’t give us. They deport us’. 

According to the respondent, the same officers were present during the pushback over the border to Bosnia. The pushback took place close to Korenica, Croatia, to the west of Bihać.