Croatia accuses Germany of creating refugees chaos in Europe

ZAGREB, Sep. 24 (MNA) – The Croatian president accused the German Chancellor of creating a chaos of refugees in the European Union (EU) where 700,000 people applied for asylum this year.

Grabar-Kitarovic said that with her calls at first to take in thousands of undocumented immigrants and then her change of strategy to stop this flow, Angela Merkel caused a destabilization on the border of several European nations.

The head of state called on the army of this country to defend the security of citizens and national sovereignty, in a position somewhat different to that of Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic, who was anxious last week to receive refugees.

According to a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), 60 percent of the refugees who arrived in Europe in recent weeks comes from Syria.

Turkey hosts some two million Syrians, Lebanon 1,1 million, Jordan 630,000, and Egypt another 130,000.

Only yesterday between 2,000 and 3,500 immigrants moved to the town of Opatovoc, after walking 20 kilometers, while the number of those who arrived to the country exceeds 30,000 in one week.

The OECD warns that up to one million people may come to the EU this year, well above the 630,000 in 2014.

From Romania, the authorities announced the creation of two other refugee camps on the border with Serbia, with a combined capacity of one thousand people. The four points are only at a 20 percent capacity at present.

The neighboring Hungary, a member of the Schengen country, reported the interception yesterday of 5,530 undocumented workers, all this despite building a fence along the 175 kilometers of its border with Serbia, where refugees arrive from Macedonia.

The Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, guided the ministries of Defense and Interior building more border walls, including one on the Croatian border. From Paris, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius called to avoid national egoism.

The ministers of the Interior of the 28 EU countries are meeting in Brussels to discuss the thorny issue of quotas of compulsory distribution of 120,000 refugees, amid opposition to that measure from at least seven countries in Eastern Europe.

According to the European border surveillance mission Frontex, 500,000 illegal crossings to the Schengen space were registered in 2015, almost double the 280,000 last year.



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