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When evening falls, dozens of them arrive by bus or taxi. Samir Alicic, the owner of the Cazablanka café in Izacic, a small village on the border between Bosnia and Croatia, has been watching them for the past three months and trying again to get past Croatia in the hope of reaching Western Europe. In 2017, there were only 755 illegal travellers from Pakistan, Syria and Afghanistan to Bosnia and Herzegovina, according to official figures. There are more than 8,000 of them in mid-July 2018 and their number is likely to explode: according to the authorities, more than 50,000 could try to transit the country in the coming months .