Refugees seek new route into Europe through Croatia as Hungary closes fortified border fence

Concerns have been raised that refugees could inadvertently stray into minefields

Samuel Osborne
Wednesday 16 September 2015 22:08
Comments
Refugees stand in front of a barrier at the border with Hungary near the village of Horgos, Serbia, September 15, 2015.
Refugees stand in front of a barrier at the border with Hungary near the village of Horgos, Serbia, September 15, 2015.

Refugees have found a new route into Europe through Croatia after Hungary closed its fortified border fence with Serbia amid the on-going refugee crisis.

Many now hope to seek refuge by travelling through Croatia then Slovenia to Austria and Germany.

Croatia will reportedly allow free passage of refugees, AFP reports.

A Reuters cameraman reported seeing at least 100 refugees walk through cornfields into Croatia, with most having arrived by bus from Serbia’s southern border with Macedonia.

Croatian media has reported the first refugees to cross were being registered by police in the town of Tovarnik.

Alarms have been raised by humanitarian groups concerned that refugees hoping to enter the country could inadvertently stray into minefields laid on the Croatia/Serbia border during the 1990s Balkan wars.

Europe is now more divided than ever by the refugee crisis. Countries have been unable to agree on quotas and are now becoming increasingly unwilling to allow free movement between themselves.

The EU’s border agency said more than 500,000 refugees have arrived at the EU’s borders in the first eight months of this year, compared to 280,000 over 2014.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged in