Migrant crisis: Dozens reach Croatia as Hungary border sealed
16 September 2015
From the section Europe
The first migrants reached Serbia’s border with Croatia after the Hungarian route was closed off
The first group of migrants has reached Croatia – a new route to northern European Union countries, a day after Hungary sealed its border with Serbia.The migrants had travelled by bus from southern Serbia. Hundreds spent the night in the open. Many of them are hoping to reach Germany.Croatia has said it will not “just allow people to move through”.New border restrictions and a row over allocating migrants have shown bitter divisions in Europe over the crisis.Hundreds of stranded migrants waited overnight outside or in makeshift tents close to the Serbian border with Hungary. Some gathered wood for fires.
On Tuesday, Hungary declared a state of emergency in the area, with hundreds of army and police deployed to enforce new laws making it an offence to breach a razor-wire border fence. Follow the latest from BBC correspondents in the areaLyse Doucet: They are people “seeking sanctuary, seeking a better safer life” James Reynolds: Refugees and migrants wake up on the Serbia-Hungary border 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 move has all but stopped the inflow. On Wednesday, Hungarian police said they had detained 367 migrants entering illegally. A record 9,380 rushed into Hungary on Monday – just before the border was closed.Analysis: BBC’s Guy Delauney, BelgradeAll year, Serbia has taken a relaxed attitude towards the migrants and refugees entering from neighbouring Macedonia.The authorities understood that few of the people coming in would want to stay, although some expressed regret that people desperately fleeing conflict did not view Serbia as a desirable destination. But Hungary’s fence and its criminalisation of unofficial border crossings has brought a halt to the flow of people across Serbia.If an exit into Hungary becomes impossible, the number of refugees here may begin to rise, challenging not only the country’s capacity for dealing with asylum seekers but its citizens’ hitherto admirable tolerance and empathy.Serbian alarm over stranded migrantsWill Hungary’s clampdown work?The refugees who chose Brazil over EuropeFive ‘happy refugees’ pictures that went viralCrisis explained in graphicsAt midnight (22:00 GMT), Austria became the latest country to introduce tighter …Read More