Croatian border police sent to Macedonia to help with migrants

In line with an agreement on mutual assistance between police forces in countries intersected by the Balkan migrant route, a group of Croatian border police officers was sent to Macedonia and was seen off outside the Ministry of the Interior by Minister Vlaho Orepic and Police Director Vlado Dominic.

Orepic told reporters that together with their colleagues from Austria, Slovenia, Serbia and Macedonia, Croatian police officers would work on profiling migrants "to remove the many problems that have cropped up in that process."

Fifteen Croatian police officers today left the country for Macedonia and five Croatian border police experts are already there.

Orepic said that 20 Croatian police, with five vehicles and special equipment, would help improve the treatment of refugees and make it even more humane.

The minister said that Croatian police officers would coordinate their activities with their colleagues from the said countries in refugee profiling and border control and, as a result, migrants would no longer be registered in Croatia because they would be registered in Macedonia.

"All the technical issues will be agreed by police directors, we will divide the costs and work together on the ground," said Orepic.

Police Director Dominic said that at the last meeting of police directors in Skopje it had been agreed that migrants would be transported jointly from Macedonia to the border with Austria.

The said countries' governments are yet to decide on the costs and on medical assistance, and Croatia will also provide a part of food supplies for refugees so that after boarding trains in Macedonia they would not have to leave them before reaching Austria, according to Dominic. This will not refer to ill people, who will be able to leave the train so as to be provided with medical assistance, but they will continue their journey once they recover.

Asked what would happen with refugees who decide to seek asylum in Croatia, Dominic said that refugees continued to see Austria and Germany as their final destinations, but that all those wishing to seek asylum in Croatia would be allowed in.

Last update: Tue, 09/02/2016 - 11:32

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