Migrant crisis, Croatia closes Serbia road borders
18 Septembar 2015, Nirapad News: Croatia has closed seven of its eight road border crossings with Serbia following a huge influx of migrants.
Officials in Zagreb said they had no choice after more than 10,000 people entered the country a day after Hungary fenced off its border with Serbia.
Meanwhile, Slovenia said it had stopped a group of migrants on a train and would return them to Croatia, reports BBC.
Huge numbers of people heading north from the Mediterranean have created a political crisis in the European Union.
Croatian officials said roads leading to the border crossings had also been shut.
The crossing on the main road linking Belgrade and Zagreb – at Bajakovo – appeared to be the only one left open.
The closures have cut off the migrants’ main land route from Greece to northern Europe.
Croatia has tried to take people to asylum centres but the overwhelming numbers mean that many people have been left on the streets, he says.
Some have said that they plan to walk north to neighbouring Slovenia which is in the EU’s border-free Schengen Area.
On Thursday, Croatian Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic said his country was “absolutely full”.
He said his message to the migrants was: “Don’t come here any more. Stay in refugee centres in Serbia and Macedonia and Greece. This is not the road to Europe. Buses can’t take you there. It’s a lie.”