Balkan route

Merkel: Closure of Balkan route did not solve refugee crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has renewed her criticism of strict border controls along the so-called Balkan migration route and pointed to the EU-Turkey deal as the only sustainable solution in...

Serbia not redirecting migrants to Croatia, says commissioner

Most of some 300 migrants who on Tuesday headed out on foot from Belgrade to the border with Hungary, protesting against the EU's closed borders, returned to the Serbian capital during the night...

Dacic: Serbia will not allow to be the biggest victim of migrant crisis

Serbia will not allow to be the biggest victim of the migrant crisis, it must be in touch with the countries of what is called the Balkan migrant route and it is preparing measures to protect its...

Nikolic: Serbia will shut borders if EU won't accept migrants

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic has said that Serbia will be compelled to shut its border to migrants if countries in the European Union do not accept them, adding that Brussels probably will...

Kovac: Croatia will meet obligations concerning migrants

Croatia has committed to taking 1,600 migrants as part of the EU's resettlement plan and it will meet its obligations, while the higher number being mentioned in Croatian media is exaggerated,...

Oreskovic: Cooperation with Serbia in tackling refugee crisis excellent

Croatia cooperates excellently with Serbia in efforts to solve the refugee crisis and is prepared for a scenario of of opening a new route of migration via Bosnia and Herzegovina, although this is...

Balkan route countries call for tighter borders to halt migration

Europe's external borders must be protected even more tightly to stop the flow of migrants on the Balkan route for good, leaders from the region agreed at an informal summit in Vienna on Saturday...

President: Croatia won't be able to let migrants pass due to closed borders

President Grabar-Kitarovic said that last year Croatia had let migrants pass through it while other countries, that is Slovenia and Hungary, had no barriers along...

Hungary's Orban: EU's future hinges on Bulgaria's border with Turkey

The future of the European Union depends on the bloc providing Bulgaria with adequate border protection assistance in the face of a surge in migrants hoping to reach Europe via the Balkan nation,...

Austrian Chancellor, Slovenian PM to talk migrants Monday

Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern will visit Slovenia on Monday where he will meet with Prime Minister Miro Cerar to discuss the migrant issue, Cerar's office reported on Thursday.

Police say attempts at illegal border crossing on rise, no danger yet of Balkan route reactivating

Over the past two months Croatian police have registered an increase in attempts by migrants to illegally cross the border from Serbia into Croatia, but there is still no danger that the Balkan...

Slovenia braced for recurrence of refugee crisis

Slovenia is braced for various scenarios of a possible recurrence of a refugee crisis such as last year's, said Slovenian official Bostjan Sefic, who is in charge of coordinating activities in...

Slovenia ready for "extreme measures" if Balkan migration route reopens

Slovenia will resort to "extreme measures" to prevent uncontrolled arrivals of migrants in case the Balkan migration route is revived in the autumn, Interior Minister Vesna Gjerkes Znidar warned...

Serbia arrests smugglers with 64 Afghan migrants

Serbian security forces stopped a group smuggling migrants from Bulgaria and arrested three people, the defence ministry in Belgrade said Tuesday.

PM Oreskovic says situation stable along Croatian border

The Berlin meeting, including prime ministers: Christian Kern of Austria, Boyko Borisov of Bulgaria  Miro Cerar of Slovenia apart from Merkel and Oreskovic, focused on migrants and refugees and...