Croatia Spends Over 3.5 Million Euros on Migrants and Refugees

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The latest on the migrant crisis in Croatia.

Croatia has so far spent about 27.7 million kuna, or over 3.5 million euros, for the reception, accommodation, food, drinks and medical care for refugees and migrants. That is the amount that the government will transfer from the budgetary reserve to the accounts of the Ministry of Interior, the Directorate for Commodity Reserves, the Ministry of Health and the National Protection and Rescue Administration, reports Vecernji List on October 29, 2015.

From midnight to 9 pm on Wednesday, 6,306 migrants entered Croatia. Currently, at the temporary reception centre in Opatovac there are 1,838 migrants. Since the beginning of the migration crisis, 273,383 migrants and refugees have entered Croatia.

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and Austrian chancellor Werner Faymann agreed in a telephone discussion on Wednesday that “fences have no place in Europe”, said a spokeswoman for the Commission in Brussels after the Austrian announcement that it will raise a fence on the border with Slovenia.

According to EU spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud, the two leaders have also agreed that the decisions made on Sunday in Brussels “should be immediately implemented to prevent the human tragedy”. During the mini-summit devoted to the refugee crisis, the EU has announced the opening of 100,000 places in reception centres, 50,000 in Greece and the other half along the so-called Balkan route.

Germany has decided to extend until November 13 the controls at the borders, according to the German Interior Ministry. “After thorough analysis”, the government decided once again to extend “temporary controls” at the borders, while thousands of refugees are still coming across Austria. According to official statistics, since the beginning of the year Germany has received 577,000 asylum seekers. According to forecasts, the country will in 2015 receive 800,000 asylum seekers, which is four to five times more than the year before.

Citizens’ initiative Are You Syrious has published on its Facebook page a video from the reception centre for refugees Dobova 2 in Slovenia which shows refugees throwing stones at the Slovenian policemen after which the police forces in full riot gear start moving toward them. “This is what happens when too many people are held in overcrowded area with no food, water or toilets”, the post on Facebook claims.

Croaian interior minister Ranko Ostojić talked on Wednesday about the refugee crisis. Referring to the incident at the Slovenian reception centre in Dobova, Ostojić said that he was sorry that the neighbours have not listened to the advice from Croatia. “The reason is very simple, because a large influx of migrants in any country can lead to incidents. We offered help to Slovenia, we have accepted the invitation of the Slovenian minister and I believe the aid in tents will be very helpful so that people do not have to sleep outdoors. We offered for the Croatian trains to go directly to Maribor, to reduce nervousness and incidents and to go directly to the countries that are their destinations. It may still come to that, but currently we have an agreement that trains are going from Šid to Slavonski Brod, and from there to Dobova”, Ostojić said.

Yesterday, a new system of transportation of migrants to Dobova was established. “The new system works great”, state secretary at the Slovenian Ministry of the Interior Boštjan Šefic said yesterday. “Reception procedures have been greatly shortened, and the current cooperation with Croatia is flowing smoothly”, he said.

Šefic commented on speculation that Austria will close its border with Slovenia for migrants. “It is not about closing the Austrian border for migrants, but about setting a low barrier as a precondition for better regulation of their crossings”, said Šefic who is the main coordinator for refugees for the Slovenian Government.

In the last few days, there has been a conflict between Germany and Austria over the number of refugees who are entering Germany from Austria. German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere said on Wednesday that the behaviour of Austria regarding the refugee crisis “is wrong”. “Austria must immediately return to a controlled and regulated flow of refugees”, de Maiziere said. Horst Seehofer, prime minister of the state of Bavaria, the only German state which borders Austria, yesterday accused the neighbouring country for letting refugees come to Germany uncontrollably, while the Bavarian interior minister Joachim Herrmann called Austrian behaviour scandalous.


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