Skopje, December 18, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Naser Pajaziti
On the occasion of the World Refugee Day, today, the head of the Ombudsman Office, Ixhet Memeti called on all institutions in the country to offer a more humane treatment to emigrants and not deprive them of the right to seek asylum.
“At a time of military conflicts and economic crises, where the number of refugees is growing, we’re also seeing a growth of discrimination against these people. We appeal for respect, tolerance and equality in the treatment offered to these people. Given that our country has also seen a growth of the number of illegal emigrants and asylum seekers, we demand humane actions by not restricting their right of seeking asylum”, says Memeti. He demanded from institutions in the country to offer health, psychological and legal services and also special care for women and children.
In 2014, FYROM has been swarmed by illegal emigrants and their number in the first months of this year has amounted to 1300. This figure is three and a half times higher compared to 2013, when 370 illegal emigrants entered FYROM. According to official data, in 2014, there have been 857 asylum claims, while the refugee status has been granted to ten people from Syria. Police say that the largest number of emigrants coming to FYROM come from Syria, Afghanistan and Palestine. It’s believed that the number of unregistered emigrants, who are located in border villages, is much higher. /ibna/