No economic migrants recorded in Croatia since notification to Serbia, Macedonia

No arrivals of economic migrants have been recorded since Croatia has notified Serbia and Macedonia that it will no longer accept people coming from countries that are not affected by war, Vukovar-Srijem County Police Department spokesman Domagoj Dzigumovic told a press conference at the refugee reception centre in Slavonski Brod on Friday.

Dzigumovic said Slovenia had made no new requests for the readmission of economic migrants to Croatia.

Slovenia made a request to Croatia on Wednesday to take back 162 economic migrants, which the Croatian authorities rejected, saying that there had been no prior agreement among countries along the refugee route on how to deal with this problem.

Dzigumovic said that the arrival and departure of refugees from the transit centre in Slavonski Brod to Slovenia was proceeding without problem. He said that refugees stayed at the centre only for the time necessary to provide them with with health care and humanitarian assistance so that they could continue their journey to their desired destinations in western and northern Europe. "They stay here for six to ten hours at most," he said.

In the last 24 hours, about 5,200 people have arrived at the transit centre in Slavonski Brod and about 1,000 are currently staying there. About 422,000 refugees and migrants have passed through Croatia since mid-September.

Last update: Tue, 08/12/2015 - 12:28

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