Bosnians march toward EU border seeking employment

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 24, 2014 at 10:01 a.m.



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SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Nearly 200 employees of Bosnian factories that have closed, leaving them without pay for more than a year, are marching toward Croatia in the hope of getting jobs there.

The workers left their mostly Muslim city of Tuzla in northern Bosnia on a journey of 77 kilometers (47 miles) to the Croatian border.

Croatia, a European Union country, is more prosperous than Bosnia, where unemployment is more than 40 percent.

Bosnia's transition to capitalism and a market economy, which began two decades ago, included the privatization of state-owned factories, but many of them have gone bankrupt.

Existing laws prevent many of the workers from being laid off, but they often don't get paid.

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