The latest on the migrant crisis, as arrivals in Croatia pass 400,000.
After the Paris tragedy, security measures have been stepped up throughout Croatia, including at the winter refugee transit centre in Slavonski Brod. After leaving trains and buses, refugees are searched and photographed, they pass through metal detectors, and they are fingerprinted and registered, reports Vecernji List and Jutarnji List on November 17, 2015.
Some refugees do not have any documents with them. “Most of the refugees arriving in the camp have personal documents. Those who do not, have certification documents they have received when crossing some of the borders on the so called Balkan route – in Greece, Macedonia or Serbia”, Helena Biočić from Croatian Interior Ministry said.
From midnight to 9 pm on Monday, 5,342 migrants and refugees entered Croatia. There are currently 3,230 migrants in the winter refugee transit centre in Slavonski Brod. Since the beginning of the migration crisis, 402,290 migrants and refugees have entered Croatia.
Serbian television reported last night that, based on the agreement between Schengen Area member states, Serbia had been informed that Slovenia and Austria will close their borders. Serbian daily Blic claims that Croatia is considering closing its borders, and that Macedonia could do the same.
The initiative to close the borders reportedly came from Slovenia, which describes the measure as “slowdown”. That means that they would accept no more than 2,500 people a day. This would mean that, if Greece continues to let refugees cross its borders in current numbers, Croatia and Serbia could find themselves in big problems.
However, State Secretary at the Slovenian Ministry of the Interior Bostjan Šefic on Monday night denied Serbian claims.
Slovenia will continue to put up the “fence to guide migrants” on its border with Croatia. This is a temporary measure in order to prevent an uncontrolled influx of migrants from the Balkan refugee route and will be removed as soon as the refugee crisis is over, said Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar yesterday. According to Slovenian Prime Minister, it was necessary to put up the fence due to alleged insufficient solidarity shown by Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia. He added that his government would “gladly” make a decision to remove the fence, but only after the refugee crisis is solved.
After Hungary, which has already put up a fence on its borders, and Slovenia, which is currently building a fence on the border with Croatia, Macedonia will start preparing for building fences along its border with Greece. The Security Council of Macedonia ordered the Macedonian army to begin preparations for a possible putting up the fence to prevent the influx of refugees. The Council stated that “the goal of the fence is not to close the border, but to channel and limit the influx of migrants”, and it would be built only as a last resort.