The European Border and Coast Guard Agency known as FRONTEX police patrol the area near Albania-Montenegro Crosspoint in Shkodra, Albania June 6, 2018. Picture taken June 6, 2018. REUTERS/Florion Goga
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Numbers of migrants trying to reach Western Europe via Albania have leapt this year, with people smugglers opening a new Balkan route for those fleeing conflict or poverty in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.The flow of migrants heading for EU member Croatia across Albania and its northern neighbor Montenegro remains modest compared with the hundreds of thousands who took a route further to the east when the European migration crisis peaked in 2015 .More than 5,500 refugees and migrants have entered Bosnia this year.Albanian police said they have arrested a handful of people smugglers this year ferrying migrants in taxis or vans. While the route is new, the migrants' experiences are familiar.
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