Finland was the only European Union state to abstain from this week’s vote about relocating asylum seekers across the member countries. At the same time, the chancellor emphasized that European standards for accommodation, care and asylum processing must be respected.
Faymann and other Austrian officials have been very critical of Hungary’s border fences. Most want to travel on to wealthier nations in Western Europe such as Germany or Sweden.
There was a change in the refugee route, he said, adding 300 refugees had crossed the border to Hungary at Horgos. She was informed at the border that “no Serbian vehicle or passport can to go to Croatia“, she told the Serbian daily Blic.
Merkel’s “strong commitment to the refugees has obviously not been met with much backing”, the Der Spiegel weekly newspaper said on the poll published Saturday on its pages. “There are people who claim to come from Syria but don’t speak a word of Arabic”.
The migrant crisis is becoming part of Poland’s fall election campaign. Conservative President Andrzej Duda and Kopacz’s centrist government are battling each other to find support ahead of the country’s October, 25 election.
After pressure from the European Union, Croatia has re-opened its border with Serbia, ending a week-long standoff that had plunged relations between the two Balkan states to their lowest since Yugoslavia broke up in bloodshed in the 1990s.
Croatia is sending migrants north across its own border with Hungary – which in turn sends them to Austria – but is struggling to keep pace with the influx.
“They gave us some food there, and we made a fire, but in the end we just walked here”, said Hamou Halebi from Aleppo in Syria, hugging a grey blanket to his shoulders and sipping warm tea prepared by volunteers.
He blamed the Austrian side for “not wanting anything”, therefore making a solution to the migrant crisis unfeasible.
Around 50% of AGCT’s cargo is from/to countries outside of Croatia, like Serbia, Hungary, Austria and Slovenia.
The government includes the populist, EU-skeptic Finns Party that has been calling for tougher immigration laws, though it has distanced itself from Europe’s far-right parties.
After Croatia opened the border with Serbia on Friday, its prime minister, Zoran Milanovic, appeared on Serbia’s main television station to explain his actions. Nearly 200 Croatian companies trade in Serbia – including all of its major supermarket chains. It accepted its 2% share of 120,000 asylum seekers in question but said it was opposed to a mandatory quota system.
During the dispute thousands of refugees and migrants became stranded in Strošinci and surrounding areas. No incidents were reported. A total of 55,000 Refugees have entered Croatia since last week.
Klaus says the government has no mandate for that because it is “an extraordinary situation that threatens the sovereignty of our country“. Between 30 and 40 protesters, one in a white robe like those worn by the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan in the United States, waved the Finnish flag and shouted abuse at the bus. He stressed that Germany kept no official statistics on asylum seekers believed to be misstating their nationality.
Closing the Hungarian border with Croatia will raise another obstacle, and at a minimum slow the traffic, and potentially strand more of the people transiting the Balkans while seeking sanctuary from conflict and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
“Austria grudgingly accepted that in order for Hungary to comply with its globaly legal obligations, it has to control its borders,” he said.
The number of Syrian refugees arriving in Europe continues to rise, with 7,266 migrants entering Germany on Wednesday alone. Lots of people I know have gone to places where the people are collecting on the borders or here in Zagreb, said Janet Tuskan who also runs a charity shop in the capital. Others are from Afghanistan, Pakistan and African countries including Sudan, Eritrea and Somalia.