Security officials in Croatia arrested a human smuggling ring that was bringing in migrants across its border on its way to the European Union. The migrants were paying around $1,293 (€1,000) to the human smuggling gangs in order to be smuggled into Croatia.
Over the span of 10 years, the number of people smuggling into Croatia has increased each year. In 2012, the number of migrants who have illegally entered Croatia was estimated to be around 6,000.
Croatia is set to join the European Union in July, 2013. In preparation for its entry, it has been increasing its border patrol security by tripling the number of border patrol agents to around 6,000.
Source: Zoran Radosavljevic, “Bosnia and Croatia crack down on human smuggling into EU,” Reuters, May 15, 2013.