Croatia will not allow refugees to proceed northwards to Slovenia on their way to Germany, the country’s interior minister has said, as thousands of people streamed into the country from Serbia. Ranko Ostojic said on Thursday that the refugees entering the town of Tovarnik from Serbia would have to seek asylum in Croatia after the authorities provided safe passage to reception centres around the capital Zagreb.
Ostojic also said that more than 9,000 refugees entered the country from Serbia in the past 24 hours.
“Croatia will close its border with Serbia if we witness again 8,000 migrants entering the country in one day,” he said. “Croatia is not interested to be a country where the migrants will seek what they can get in other countries where they are now.”
Meanwhile, the country’s prime minister, Zoran Milanovic, said that Croatia’s resources were limited. “We will not and cannot keep them in Croatia and no one will make us do that,” he said. On Thursday, hundreds of refugees pushed through Croatian police lines in Tovarnik with people trampling and falling on each other amid the chaos.