EACH day brings another twist to the refugee crisis and now the Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic has said that his country will force Hungary to accept more refugees by continuing to send them to the border.
Hungary in return has accused Croatia of breaking international law by not registering migrants – one minister is reported as referring to Mr Milanovic as being “pathetic”.
Croatia calculates that more than 20,000 migrants have entered since September 16 and about 8,000 passed into Hungary September 18, according to Hungarian authorities.
Additional busloads began arriving at an open border crossing today, with the migrants being transferred to Hungarian buses.
The problems continue to confuse and escalate as Croatia initially welcomed migrants who wished to travel through the country, but then borders were hastily closed as the government said numbers were too large.
In Hungary, migrants have at times been met with tear gas and water cannon as they try to push their way north. In Slovenia police used pepper spray on one group. Ironically, the bulk of those migrating don’t want to stay in the countries that are complaining but want to pass simply to Germany or the Scandinavian countries.
The EU is to hold emergency talks next week which may be too late for many whilst Slovenia considers opening a travel corridor and yet another child’s body was found on a beach in Turkey following the sinking of a refugee vessel.