Ranko Ostojic: Transit corridor through Hungary functioning normally


Despite reports that the Hungarian-Croatian border will be closed, the corridor running through that country is functioning normally, Croatian Minister of the Interior Ranko Ostojic said at the Opatovac refugee reception centre in the east of the country on Monday, adding that whether the situation would remain as it was now depended primarily on Germany and its capacity to take in refugees.

Ostojic said that European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos would visit Zagreb on Tuesday and that he would discuss a number of topics with him, including EU plans on how to deal with the refugee crisis.

“We are finally getting to what we have been saying from the very first day – that the problem must be resolved at its source. I am glad that EU leaders, Juncker and Tusk, will talk with Turkish PM Erdogan and that we are arriving at a solution that should have been arrived at long ago and that is reception centres in Turkey,” Ostojic said.

Building refugee reception centres in Turkey, along with strict control of the Turkish-Greek border, would be a comprehensive solution to the refugee crisis, he said.

The minister said that aside from the refugee reception centre in Opatovac, there was no other ‘situation’ in the country that could be connected with the refugee crisis.

Asked about how migrants and refugees arriving in Croatia were being checked in terms of security, Ostojic said that certain checks were being conducted upon their entry as well as at the Opatovac centre.

According to data from the Ministry of the Interior, 114,237 persons have entered Croatia since the migrant crisis spilled over from neighbouring countries in mid-September. (Hina