Gov’t dismisses speculation about migrant wave changing its course to Adriatic

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The Croatian government on Tuesday most resolutely dismissed media speculation that the migrant wave could change its course and turn towards the Adriatic, saying that it was actively involved in processes aimed at finding a solution to the migrant crisis which it would discuss with other members of the European Union, taking care of the country’s security and stability.

“The Croatian Government most strongly dismisses speculation published by the media which cite government sources and insinuate that the migrant wave could take a turn towards the Adriatic. EU countries have been investing joint efforts regarding the movement of migrants so as to find a solution to the migrant crisis. Misinformation of this kind can harm the national tourism sector which, according to current forecasts, is expecting a record high number of tourists, as well as the national economy as a whole, and it may discourage possible investments,” the government said in a statement.

The government is actively involved in processes aimed at finding a solution to the migrant crisis and will discuss it with other EU member countries, taking care of the country’s security and stability, said the statement.

The Vecernji List daily on Tuesday ran an article headlined “Migrants moving towards the Adriatic?” which said that a growing number of EU countries support the idea of helping Macedonia stop migrants and refugees on its border with Greece, but that “analysts in Greece and some experts at the European border management agency Frontex fear that the closing of that border could reroute migrants from Greece to Albania, from where they would either be smuggled across the Adriatic to Italy, or would continue by land to Montenegro and Croatia. A source in the new Croatian government has confirmed to us that many countries along the migrant route are already preparing for such a scenario, namely making simulations in case the migrant wave changes its course,” the daily said.

(Hina) rml

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