Migrants: Croatia won't close borders but resources limited

6,200 arrived yesterday. Premier, we'll do all we can

17 September, 14:36

    (ANSAmed) - ZAGREB, SEPTEMBER 17 - Six thousand and two hundred migrants crossed into Croatia in the last 24 hours after Hungary sealed its border with Serbia, said the Croatian Interior Minister.

    Eight hundred people are already at a registration centre for asylum seekers close to Zagreb, brought by special trains.

    Other 1,300 migrants have been taken to different reception centres, while 4,000 remain in the village of Tovarnik, on the border with Serbia.

    Some Croatian Ministers told journalists that they expect up to 25 thousand migrants to enter Croatia in the next two weeks.

    Premier Zoran Milanovic stated that "Croatia is a transit country for the refugees and it will not behave like other states closing its borders despite the fact that our resources are limited".

    Milanovic confirmed 5,650 migrants entered Croatia overnight from Serbia.

    "We will do all we can, we will be positive, but our resources are limited and I am not sure we will be able to register this amount of people" added Milanovic stressing that "he needs to take the interest of Croatia into account". Undersecretary for foreign affairs, Josip Klisovic, confirmed Zagreb does not intend to close its borders but if the flow of migrants will exceed the country's capacity, it will request international aid.(ANSAmed).

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