Croatian Interior Minister: “We Will Take In More Refugees Than Is Required”

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The latest on the migrant crisis in Croatia.

“I am proud that Croatia is one of a few countries which have accepted higher quotas for the accommodation of migrants and refugees than was proposed by the European Commission”, Croatian Interior Minister Ranko Ostojić said yesterday. He pointed out that there are millions of refugees who, in fear of war, are leaving their homes and starting their dangerous travels, with thousands of them losing their lives along the way, reports Vecernji List and Slobodna Dalmacija on December 21, 2015.

According to him, Croatia will accept 1,640 people who were granted international protection or asylum. “All of them will be integrated in our communities. We will not put them in ghettos, since we have enough state properties and apartments. We want them to have a job, and not live on welfare. We are ready to implement this plan as quickly as possible”, Ostojić said.

From midnight to 9 pm on Sunday, 3,276 refugees entered Croatia. There were 1,086 persons accommodated at the temporary refugee centre in Slavonski Brod. Since the beginning of the migration crisis, 522,223 migrants and refugees have passed through Croatia. It is expected that the influx of refugees from Serbia will continue.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in an interview on Saturday that it might be necessary to take some legal measures in order to implement the plan for the distribution of refugees among the EU member states. Steinmeier was referring to several countries in Central and Eastern Europe, including Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, which have opposed mandatory refugee quotas. “But if there is no other way, we will have to solve this issue through legal means”, said Steinmeier in an interview with Der Spiegel magazine.

According to the magazine, Steinmeier was alluding to the possibility that this issue could be solved by the European Commission or the European Court of Justice. EU member states agreed in September about the distribution of 160,000 refugees from Greece and Italy, who have fled the wars and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.


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