Hungarian soldiers stand by a fence put on the border with Croatia near the village of Zakany, Hungary, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. Hungary shut down its border with Croatia to the free flow of migrants on Saturday, a move experts say could leave thousands of people on their way to western Europe stranded in the small Balkan nation. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
BERKASOVO, Serbia (AP) — The latest news as migrants fleeing war or seeking a better life make their way across Europe by the tens of thousands. All times local.
Croatia’s president has demanded strict control over the country’s border with Serbia after Hungary closed its own border with Croatia to migrants hoping to reach Western Europe.
Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic late Friday urged the government to direct all migrant traffic to official border crossings rather than allow them to enter through illegal routes.
Some 180,000 people have passed through Croatia since mid-September. The country was expected to redirect the migrant flow to Slovenia.
Grabar Kitarovic says Croatia should only allow in only the migrants who are certain to leave the country, signaling fears that thousands of migrants could get stuck in Croatia if Slovenia slows down the flow.
Thousands of migrants are pouring into Croatia from Serbia as the influx of people hoping to reach Western Europe continued despite Hungary’s decision to block them from its territory.
Shortly after midnight Friday, Hungarian police in full gear pulled a barbed-wire fence over a passage on the Croatian border where some 140,000 migrants have passed since mid-September.
Croatia has said it will now redirect the migrants toward Slovenia, its other neighbor. First groups are expected to arrive at the border later on Saturday.
Slovenia has suspended regular train traffic with Croatia in anticipation of the influx.
Authorities in Slovenia have said they would accept controlled numbers of migrants as long as its neighbors Austria and Germany keep their borders open. Slovenia’s national security council meets on the issue Saturday.
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