Croatia notifies Serbia, Macedonia of stricter migrant reception criteria

The Croatian Interior Ministry said on Tuesday that following announcements from Austria about more strict criteria for the reception of refugees, the Police Directorate had received a notification from the Slovenian police of which it also informed the police in Serbia and Macedonia.

Slovenia said in its notification that after Austria had introduced stricter criteria, Slovenia too had limited the number of migrant entries to 2,500 per day and that it would accept only those refugees coming from war-stricken areas, but not those who wish to join their families in Germany and Austria, or those who wish to study or seek employment.

"The number of 2,500 migrants per day does not represent a problem when it comes to migrant reception in Croatia and their further transfer to Slovenia, given that this is how many migrants on average have entered Croatia per day over the past several weeks. This past weekend, the Croatian police have received approximately 200 migrants who were sent back by the Slovenian police. The migrants are accommodated in reception centres and will be returned to Serbia," the ministry said.

The ministry added that police chief Vlado Dominic had deployed additional riot and border police to monitor the border with Serbia.

Last update: Tue, 16/02/2016 - 17:37

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