They are desperate to get around the border fence Hungary has thrown up along its border with Serbia, where tensions boiled into violence on Wednesday at the flashpoint Horgos-Roszke crossing, after around 500 refugees had been blocked on their march north.
Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic is to discuss the matter with his Austrian counterpart, Chancellor Werner Faymann, Thursday in Zagreb.
On Thursday, hundreds of refugees pushed through Croatian police lines in Tovarnik with people trampling and falling on each other amid the chaos.
“After bus trips through Serbia, the migrants crossed fields on foot to enter Croatia, where dozens of police directed them to trains and buses heading to refugee centers in Zagreb and elsewhere”.
Now there seems no stopping this surge of humanity – including many people fleeing the Syrian conflict – despite Croatia saying it can’t take any more migrants.
Hungary is fast-becoming a flashpoint for the migrant crisis in the European Union (EU) and is struggling to deal with the numbers of refugees. “They have now criminalised illegal crossings into Hungary and we suspect that’s the reason why they deployed the water cannons”, Jamjoom said.
While the rest of Europe has largely criticised the Hungarian response to the growing crisis, Szijjarto claimed that even if they had come from war-torn countries originally, the majority of the people at its border were economic migrants.
Fank also confirmed that Slovenian police had brought in reserve police officers to man the area close to its border with Hungary.
The Balkan nation is the latest hotspot in the 1,000-mile plus exodus towards Western Europe after Hungary sealed off its border on Tuesday with a razor-wire fence before using tear gas, batons and water cannons to keep people out.
A migrant woman carries a baby as she walks on a railway track near Tovarnik, Croatia Sept. 17, 2015.
Hungary’s conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orban is planning a similar structure along the frontier with Romania, prompting outrage from its southern neighbour.
“As soon as we heard about a route to Croatia we did not wait long”.
“People will continue to try to reach Europe through Hungary, Croatia or any other route that might be available to them”, he told CNN.
It also began to return asylum-seekers to neighboring Serbia, arguing that Serbia is a safe country where refugees do not face war and persecution.