Influx of Refugees to Croatia Decreases Slightly

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An numbers of migrants and refugees entering Croatia tops 90,000, a slowing down of entrants.

A little more than 90,890 refugees have entered Croatia since the beginning of the refugee crisis, reported the Interior Ministry, adding that 3,369 migrants who crossed the border between Croatia and Serbia at Tovarnik and Bapska during Wednesday have already been transported by trains and buses to the Hungarian border, reports and Jutarnji List on October 1, 2015.

Croatia is still receiving an average of nearly five thousand refugees per day, although the influx has decreased in recent days, said on Wednesday in front of the Opatovac reception centre the deputy prime minister and interior minister Ranko Ostojić. Currently, in the Opatovac centre there are 279 migrants. Border crossings with Serbia Ilok 2, Principovac and Principovac 2 remain closed for all traffic.

On the sidelines of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović met with Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban to discuss the migrant crisis. The details of their discussion are still not know, but it has been announced that the president will officially visit Hungary next week.

Earlier, president Grabar-Kitarović said German chancellor Angela Merkel was not angry about president’s negative comments on Merkel’s handling of the migrant crisis. She met Merkel during her stay in New York. “Of course she is not angry, we have an honest relationship between two stateswomen”, said Grabar-Kitarović. “I think each of us appreciates honesty.”

Among the statesmen she met in New York was Serbian president Tomislav Nikolić, whose office announced that two presidents agreed that the border crisis between Croatia and Serbia was caused by the Croatian government. “I was surprised with the latest reaction”, said Grabar-Kitarović. “It was a fairly cordial conversation, and if president Nikolić has any comments, I would love to have him say it to my face, because then I will answer what I think about it. This kind of bickering in the media does not make sense and will harm our bilateral relations”, she said.


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