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Fact-finding mission on pushbacks and safe third countries

On 21 and 22 February 2022, Pierre-Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC), rapporteur on "Pushbacks on land and sea: illegal measures of migration management", together with Stephanie Krisper (Austria, ALDE), rapporteur on "Safe third countries for asylum seekers", visited the border area between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

They held meetings in Zagreb with representatives of the Ministry of Interior and of the Ministry of Foreign and International Affairs, members of the PACE Delegation of the Croatian Parliament, the Ombudsperson and NGO representatives.

Meetings were also held with representatives of UNHCR, the Danish Refugee Council and Border Violence Monitoring Network.

The rapporteurs visited the Reception Centre for Asylum Seekers in Zagreb, as well as the border police station in Cetingrad, the Velika Kladuša Border Police Unit, and the Reception Centre for Asylum Seekers in Lipa.

Both reports are expected to be adopted later in the year.