Several hundred asylum-seekers are camping out at the Turkish border with Greece, hoping that a meeting in Brussels will produce an agreement to let them into the European Union.
“Croatia has closed highways leading in from Serbia“.
“This is a scandal of worldwide proportions”, Vucic said. “We are living in tents, we need help”, said Mohamed Saber Nazari, a 20-year-old Afghan camping in Victoria Square. “But, go on. Not because we don’t like you but because this is not your final destination”.
European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini is urging the bloc to stop squabbling over proposals to share 120,000 refugees and find agreement at Tuesday’s meeting of justice and interior ministers.
Europe, he said, is rich but weak – “possibly the most unsafe combination” – and it simply can not support all economic migrants.
They agreed the refugee issue was a pan-European challenge and one or two countries couldn’t handle it alone, Croatian news agency Hina quoted Faymann’s spokeswoman Susanna Enk as saying.
The Commission will continue to work in close cooperation with the European Parliament, the Council and the 28 EU Member States, as well as with key third countries such as Serbia and Turkey, it said.
He said 6,500 had entered in the past 24 hours.
Dacic also said it wasn’t right that Serbia will not be included in an European Union summit Wednesday to tackle the migrant crisis.
The foreign ministers of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Romania and Latvia will kick off the week of intense diplomatic activity with talks today, as the crisis has exposed deep division among European states.
– Hungary blamed Serbia for failing to stop the migrants from throwing stones at its border police and accused Croatia of jeopardizing its sovereignty by sending thousands of migrants to Hungary.
Authorities had bussed many of those sleeping in the square to a sports stadium in a southern Athens suburb during a severe thunderstorm Monday evening, where they can stay for a few days while the bad weather lasts.
Following this decision, the European Union is now in a position to relocate a total of 160,000 people in clear need of worldwide protection in the coming two years.
Norway became the latest member of Europe’s 26-nation Schengen area, where people can normally travel across frontiers without showing a passport, to say it would intensify border controls.
Since Hungary closed its Serbian borders last week, refugees turned toward Croatia as a new route to Europe.
The European Union interior ministers will try to agree on a coordinated plan to deal with the wave of migrants that they can then submit to European Union presidents and prime ministers, who are scheduled to meet in Brussels on Wednesday.
Defending the measure, Orban said Eastern European nations have to protect themselves from the “brutal threat” of mass migration into their countries, until the EU organises a communitarian response to the refugee crisis. “Hungary will not allow illegal immigrants to cross its territory”. The next day, their leaders will meet again on the crisis.
The plight over how to deal with thousands of asylum seekers is reviving old differences among Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia and Slovenia dating back to the 1990s breakup of Yugoslavia.
People fleeing violence and poverty in the Middle East, Asia and Africa are rushing from one European border to the next as they desperately try to find a way north. The station was overwhelmed and people slept along the side of the tracks.