Migrants keep arriving at Croatia’s eastern border


The pressure of migrants and refugees on Croatia’s eastern border is still big and migrants have been arriving by bus all night between Thursday and Friday at the Serbian border crossing of Berkasovo from where they are entering Croatia at Bapska.

Police are letting migrants enter Croatia in smaller groups and are transporting them to the reception centre in Opatovac from where they are being transported towards Slovenia.

Currently, there are approximately 1,500 migrants at the Berkasovo border crossing waiting to enter Croatia.

Only several people are currently staying at the Serbian reception centre of Principovac, near the border with Croatia. According to a Red Cross official, it is nearly impossible to keep the migrants in reception centres for a longer period of time, because they want to leave the centres as soon as they rest from their long journey and want to continue their path towards Austria and Germany.

According to a humanitarian worker, migrants fear that borders might close and that they would get stuck here or be sent back to where they came from.

Serbian and Croatian ministers of the interior, Nebojsa Stefanovic and Ranko Ostojic respectively, are expected to meet at the Bajakovo border crossing Friday to discuss the migrant crisis.

Since the start of the migrant crisis in mid-September, a total of 222,501 refugees entered Croatia. On Thursday alone, approximately 6,500 entered the country.