Migrant crisis: Croatia to allow migrants to travel north
16 September 2015
From the section Europe
Migrants are crossing into Croatia where they are being registered
Croatia says it will allow migrants to travel on to northern Europe – opening up a new route a day after Hungary sealed its border with Serbia.More than 150 migrants have crossed into Croatia from Serbia. Those stranded on Serbia’s border with Hungary are making a similar trip.Croatia says it is ready to receive them or “direct” them to where they want to go. Many migrants – mainly Syrian – are hoping to reach Germany.New border restrictions and a row over allocating migrants have shown bitter divisions in Europe over the crisis.
More on the migrant crisis:The refugees who chose Brazil over EuropeFive ‘happy refugees’ pictures that went viralCrisis explained in graphicsThe BBC’s Lyse Doucet says buses, vans and cars have been taking migrants away from the Serbia-Hungary border area towards the Serbian capital, Belgrade, and the border with Croatia.On Tuesday, Hungary declared a state of emergency in the border area, with hundreds of army and police deployed to enforce new laws making it an offence to breach a razor-wire border fence. Police sealed a railway crossing point near Roszke which had been used by tens of thousands of migrants to enter the European border-free Schengen zone. The EU’s border agency says more than 500,000 migrants have arrived at the EU’s borders so far this year, compared with 280,000 in 2014.Many are fleeing conflict and poverty in countries including Syria, where a civil war has been raging since 2011.The migrants have been crossing from Turkey, with about about 1,000 in the city of Edirne on Wednesday, waiting to organise a crossing into Greece. Their journey would then take them to Macedonia and Serbia. Until Monday, most poured into Schengen member Hungary and crossed into Austria to reach Germany. Both Germany and Austria have introduced tighter border controls to control the flow. ‘We will help’Serbian media say at least 10 buses were heading to the town of Sid, near the Croatian border, from Presevo near Serbia’s southern border with Macedonia.Among those who arrived early on Wednesday was Amadou, 35, from Mauritania. “We heard that Hungary was closed so the police told us we should come this way,” he told AFP news agency.
Croatia’s Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic told parliament that authorities were ” …Read More