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Refugees Enter Croatia via Serbia, as Hungary Tightens Border Control

© AFP 2023 / ARIS MESSINIS Syrian refugees and migrants along a railway line as they try to cross from Serbia into Hungary near Horgos on September 1, 2015
Syrian refugees and migrants along a railway line as they try to cross from Serbia into Hungary near Horgos on September 1, 2015 - Sputnik International
As Hungary strengthened control over the Serbian-Hungarian border, migrants from Serbia headed towards Croatia, Hungary’s M1 television reported.

BUDAPEST (Sputnik) — Migrants from Serbia who were not allowed to enter Hungary after Budapest strengthened control over the Serbian-Hungarian border moved towards Croatia, according to reports.

A migrant prays near the border fence with Hungary in Horgos, Serbia, September 15, 2015. - Sputnik International
Serbia Unwilling to Turn Into ‘Collection Center’ for Migrants
In light of the migrant crisis, Budapest tightened its border legislation, establishing prison terms for illegal border crossings, and deployed around 9,000 servicemen to protect the Hungarian-Serbian border from undocumented migrants.

“About 10 buses are moving along the Serbian territory to Sid [the town near the Croatian border]. Their drivers were ordered [by local authorities] to move without any stop,” M1 said Tuesday.

Earlier on Tuesday, Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said that Serbia did not want to turn into a "collection center" for the European migrants not allowed to enter the European Union and called on Brussels to hold a bilateral discussion to find a European solution on migrant crisis as soon as possible.

Migrants gesture at a collection point in the village of Roszke, Hungary, September 7, 2015. - Sputnik International
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Serbian Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Policy Nenad Ivanisevic said Belgrade will not accept the reverse flow of migrants from Hungary, and could send the army to the border in order to prevent such occurrence.

Ivanisevic's statement was the first declaration by a Serbian official about the readiness to send the army to the border in order to prevent a reverse flow of migrants.

Meanwhile, the United States is considering additional aid for Serbia to help the country deal with the current migrant crisis affecting Europe, White House announced in a release following the meeting between Vice President Joe Biden and Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic.

"The Vice President welcomed Serbia’s steadfast efforts to cope with an unprecedented refugee and migration crisis, and pledged to examine what additional support the United States could provide," the release read on Tuesday.

EU member states have been struggling with an unprecedented influx of refugees as hundreds of thousands try to enter the bloc, fleeing violence in their crisis-torn home countries. Many migrants use Serbia that is not a member state of the European Union as a transit zone to more prosperous countries.

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