“All the other ways are unknown to us”. “You aren’t going to solve these problems by closing borders”.
Romania has agreed to take in 1,785 asylum-seekers in six centers, but said it is unable to absorb the 6,351 the European Commission wants it to take.
Bulgaria said it was sending more soldiers to strengthen controls along its border with Turkey and avoid a refugee influx. Migrants slept on streets, on train tracks and at a local gas station.
In what has become a familiar, harrowing scene, there were old men limping through the fields, parents walking with children on their shoulders, and a woman in a wheelchair. Volunteers handed out water and food, and authorities passed out documents in French, English and Arabic explaining what was happening.
Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto lashed out Thursday against the criticism.
Croatia, offering one of the few overland routes to Germany that would bypass Hungary, found itself suddenly overwhelmed. Croatia and Hungary bickered into the night, with Croatia saying the two countries had agreed to create a corridor for the migrants and the Hungarian Foreign Ministry calling that a “pure lie”.
The countries share a 448-kilometer (278-mile) long border.
“For now we have enough but more will be needed and is on the way”, he said. The comments were carried by Slovenia’s official STA news agency.
Slovenia Prime Minister Miro Cerar tweated Thursday (September 17) that his country is committed to protecting the EU’s external borders.
More help was on the way, said Kapic, including medical assistance and toilets. “No one is saying honestly how big a challenge this is”, Szijjarto told the MTI news agency. “The question is, who is helping Germany?” “These people were coming toward the border without prior consultation, without respecting official channels”, government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said.
The migrants are unlikely to stay long in Croatia, where they must be registered.
Croatia shut all but one of its crossings with Serbia to block the migrant surge, which reached almost 45,000 in a week.
Syrian Abu Mohamed said Europeans had “nothing to fear” from people like himself, who were just looking for safety.
Hungary has faced strong worldwide condemnation for its handling of the migrant crisis.
People who were turned away by Hungary now see Croatia as an alternate route into European Union countries. “Keeping people in limbo will only make it worse”.
Tensions boiled over after thousands of refugees fleeing wars in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan began arriving at the Horgoš border crossing between Serbia and Hungary in the hours after Budapest finally sealed it following months of threats to do so. There are so many people.
Migrant men plunged through openings in fences, and families handed children forward past officers.
Many had camped out on the Austrian side of the border overnight.
The governors of Germany’s 16 states are in Berlin to meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel for talks on how to manage the influx of migrants to the country.
Merkel said at the Frankfurt auto show Thursday that Germany should approach the task with optimism. “They first open the doors then they close them“.
About 500 migrants have been stranded at a Christian Orthodox cemetery in no man’s land between Serbia and Croatia.
The new developments come as Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic says that his country will not and cannot seal its border entirely. Hungary said 20 policemen had been hurt. More than 116,000 more have arrived in Italy.
Police also took up position in a suburb of the capital Zagreb around a hotel housing hundreds of migrants, some of them on balconies shouting “Freedom!”
The refugee-sharing scheme drawn up by the EU’s executive Commission was approved in an emergency vote by 372 ballots in favor, 124 against and 54 abstentions.
Germany’s minister for migration and refugees resigned “for personal reasons” on Thursday. It gave no further details on Schmidt’s decision.
Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic told reporters he had a message for migrants: Don’t try to go to Western Europe through his country. He did not immediately announce a replacement.
Tempers are fraying among some migrants.
The European Union’s migration commissioner is urging Hungary to working with the bloc to alleviate the continent’s migration crisis, and says that walls and violence are no solution. “So they need to do it together”. “I believe we have a moral duty (to) offer them protection”.
Along with Britain and Ireland, Denmark is not legally bound to take part in European Union plans to spread refugees more evenly across the bloc. We have been travelling for 10 days.
He added Denmark also has earmarked 750 million kroner ($113 million) over the next years to help refugees “in particular in the neighboring areas”.
Croatian police said Thursday that some 5,650 migrants have come into the country since first groups started arriving early on Wednesday. Some trampled over each other in a rush to get on limited buses and trains, causing dozens of injuries amid the mayhem.
“The assertive, uncompromising defense of the border has visibly held back human trafficking and forces them to change direction”, said Janos Lazar, Orban’s chief of staff. “That was the aim of the entire action”.