Refugees turn towards Croatia

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After Croatia announced on Tuesday that it would welcome refugees, and getting through the fence on the Serbian-Hungarian border has proven impossible, refugees are reportedly modifying their routes towards Croatia.

Croatian Police announced that 5,600 refugees arrived to the country on Wednesday, according to a Reuters report. German journalist Thomas Präkelt tweeted this morning that approximately 3,000 refugees are at the Croatian railway station of Tovarnik, waiting for a train bound for Zagreb.

Croatia’s Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic said earlier that the government had an emergency plan for handling a high number of refugees, however, details were not made public, Bloomberg reported.

The interior minister said he believes that the European Union should establish so-called “hot spots” in order to start registering refugees in Serbia, Hungarian online daily index.hu reported. He reportedly added that Croatia can handle a few thousand refugees, but most probably not ten of thousands.Therefore, if the numbers rise too much, it will ask for help from the European Union, the Hungarian daily added.

Hungarian state secretary Miklós Soltész said this morning on state-owned Kossuth radio that Hungary is ready to help both Croatia and Slovenia by sharing the experiences of the past two and a half months of the “migration crisis”.

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