CROATIA: WELCOME WITHDRAWN, BORDERS CLOSED

CROAT PM's ABOUT-FACE: INVADERS NO LONGER WELCOME

2015.09.07: Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said the country stood ready to help “people in pursuit of a better life. [They came] because they were persecuted and poor and because they want the right to a better life. It is up to us to help them as much as we can,” the premier added. "I think these people should be given the opportunity to work, to create, to pay taxes, to contribute, since for sure they won’t and shouldn’t go back,” he said, offering a welcome to refugees to stay for longer if they wished. [Balkan Insight]

2015.09.16: Speaking to parliament, Zoran Milanovic said his government was “entirely ready to receive or direct” refugees and that they are working “intensively” to enable refugees to pass through Croatia. Milanovic criticized Hungary’s border closure, saying “barbed wire in Europe in the 21st century is not an answer, it’s a threat." [Buzzfeed]

2015.09.18: The Croatia government says it cannot cope with thousands of refugees crossing its borders and says it will allow them to pass through to northern Europe without registering asylum claims. Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said: “We cannot register and accommodate these people any longer. They will get food, water and medical help, and then they can move on." [Al-Guardian]

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