Refugees in Serbia begin rerouting to Croatia

Refugees in Serbia begin rerouting to Croatia
# 16 September 2015 23:20 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Refugees and asylum seekers in Serbia could be seen rerouting to Croatia on Wednesday morning a day after Hungary imposed an emergency law restricting their movement, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

They began entering Croatia through local roads and farm fields after Hungarian government adopted a new emergency law, which came into effect on Monday night; Hungarian police also sealed a railway crossing point that was one of the busiest entry points into Hungary.

Under the Hungarian legislation, those who damaged the four meter (13 foot) high fence on Hungary’s 175 kilometer (110 mile) long border with Serbia or cross it “illegally” could be imprisoned or deported.

The refugees were now expected to take the Macedonia-Serbia-Croatia-Slovenia route to pass by western Balkans instead of the Macedonia-Serbia-Hungary route.

Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic confirmed that more than 150 refugees had so far entered Croatia on Wednesday.

Police officers in the area said that as many as 181 refugees had entered Croatia so far, who were being taken to asylum centers in Sisak and Kutina cities after completing their registration formalities.

Milanovic said that Croatia was ready to accept refugees, both to grant them asylum and let them pass on to other European countries if they wished. “Building walls cannot stop anybody, which only ends up giving a dangerous and ugly message,” he said.

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