Croatian Minister to Discuss Refugee Crisis With His Greek Counterpart

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Croatian Interior Minister Ranko Ostojić is visiting Greece today, where he will meet with the Greek Minister for Migration Ionnis Mouzalas. Ostojić will visit the island of Chios, where Croatian police officers are taking part in a joint European response to the migrant crisis. Tomorrow, he will meet with Macedonian Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski in Skopje, reports Vecernji List on November 26, 2015.

Yesterday, 1,808 migrants entered Croatia. In the temporary reception centre in Slavonski Brod there are currently just 5 refugees (a family which has remained in the camp due to medical treatment of one of its members). Since the beginning of the migration crisis, 444,796 migrants and refugees have passed through Croatia. This is the first time since the opening of the centre in Slavonski Brod on 3 November that there are almost no refugees there. However, the police did not want to speculate as to whether the reduced inflow of migrants was due to weather conditions or some other reason. “Since the opening of the winter centre in Slavonski Brod, there were no incidents or problems”, Kata Nujić, spokeswoman of the Brod-Posavina Police Department, said.

“There are no signs that Germany will soon close its border for migrants, but the burden of the largest refugee wave in Europe since the World War II should be shared by all EU member states”, Selmin Caliskan, secretary general of Amnesty International Germany, said and added that putting up wire fences on European borders was a shameful act.

“In Germany, there is heated debate about whether the large number of refugees will affect the future of Germany and how other countries are behaving towards refugees, but for now it does not seem that closing of the borders could happen soon. It is not fair that migrants are being received by only some countries”, she said and added that Europe should be united in terms of migration policy, just as it has been in its reaction to the terrorist attacks in Paris. “Everything depends on the political will”, Caliskan added.

She confirmed that she visited refugee centres in Slovenia and the wire fence which Slovenia is putting up on the border with Croatia. “To have a wire fence at European borders, that is disgraceful”, she said and criticized the trend of reducing the flow of refugees by receiving only those migrants who come from war-affected areas. “That is an absurd situation. Talking about people who should not be entitled to a refugee status, some are even mentioning Afghans, where situation is devastating”, Caliskan said.


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