Minister believes number of refugees may reach 100,000 already today


Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic said at the Opatovac refugee reception centre, eastern Croatia on Friday that 97,367 migrants had entered the country since the refugee crisis in Croatia started and that their number could reach 100,000 before the end of the day.

Speaking to the press, Ostojic explained that there were fewer than 2,000 people at the reception centre and that they were all being transferred by train to Hungary.
Asked by reporters whether a plan had been prepared if refugees should start arriving in southern Croatia, Ostojic said: “If anyone tries to get through in the south, there are enough police down there and the matter is clear, they won’t be allowed through.”
He explained that fewer than 200 refugees a day were crossing at Horgos between Serbia and Hungary, which confirms that “there they are crossing in dribs and drabs, whereas here they are coming in waves.” He added that EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos would visit Opatovac  on October 6 and that he was familiar with the entire migrant situation over the past two weeks and that after visiting the reception centre Avramopoulos would meet with Croatia’s senior state officials.
I hope, Ostojic underscored, that we will all take a common stance – that this all needs to stop in Greece and that we cannot wait for bad weather to come before this situation stops. He added that as a member of the EU, Croatia expects that the major part of the costs involved will be covered from the EU funds earmarked for purposes of this nature.
Slovenian geopolitical and migration expert Klemen Groselj told Slovenian Television on Friday that due to the waves of refugees pouring into Europe, the Schengen system was falling apart and that when the EU created the regime’s main documents, it did not foresee such a large influx of migrants and now it should take a realistic stance and adapt to the situation.
“Schengen was created in good times of economic growth and EU enlargement when the process of integration was at its peak but no one then counted on bad times that present security, economic and social challenges,” said Groselj, a former defence ministry secretary-general.
“EU member states are once again beginning to protect their borders due to the influx of migrants but that also limits the flow of goods and services. We are witnessing a disintegration of the system and in a way a return to the past,” he said.