Decrease in number of migrant arrivals evident - say police

The number of migrants entering Croatia is conspicuously dropping, spokeswoman for the Police Directorate Jelena Bikic told a news conference in the refugee reception centre in Slavonski Brod, eastern Croatia, on Thursday, adding that in the past 24 hours 1,808 persons arrived in Croatia from the refugee centre in Sid, Serbia.

"The number of persons entering Croatia is markedly dropping in comparison with 6,000-7,000 people that were entering Croatia on a daily basis before. In the past several days, the number of migrants entering the country ranges between 3,000 and 4,000. There were no large groups of people in Sid, from where Croatia is receiving migrants. We assume that a large number of migrants is at the Serbian-Macedonian border," Bikic said.

Between midnight Wednesday and noon Thursday, no refugees arrived in the reception centre in Slavonski Brod, she said.

Bikic stressed that Croatian police were in contact with their colleagues from other countries on the refugee route, but declined to comment on a causes of the lull in refugee arrivals on the southern part of that route.

She added Croatian Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic was scheduled to meet his Greek and Macedonian counterparts today for talks on the refugee crisis.

Since the spillover of the migrant crisis to Croatia in mid-September, a total of 444,796 people have passed through the country.

Slovenian police reported on Thursday that since the migrant crisis broke out in Slovenia in mid-October, a total of 266,265 migrants and refugees had entered the country, adding however that the number of their arrivals had been reduced and on Wednesday 2070 migrants entered Slovenia from Croatia.

Last update: Thu, 26/11/2015 - 14:38

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