ZAGREB, Croatia: The latest developments as European governments rush to cope with the huge number of people moving across Europe. All times local:
Authorities in Croatia have set up a migrant reception center in the eastern Croatian village of Opatovac, hoping to inject order into the unrelenting chaos that has gripped the country overwhelmed by thousands seeking sanctuary in Europe.
Croatian authorities said Monday that some 27,000 people fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia had entered the country since Hungary shut its border with Serbia on Sept. 15. That closure stymied many migrants, who found their way blocked as governments bickered over who should take responsibility for them.
The new center is expected to register the asylum seekers and then arrange for transport onward.
But asylum seekers were worried, even though they’ve been promised they will eventually be sent to Hungary or Slovenia.
“Now we’re waiting for their decision, we don’t know what will happen, ” said Salakh Arbash, 18, from Syria.