This year, 36,000 migrants arrived in Croatia, which is 145% more than in the same period last year, Croatian Interior Minister Davor Božinović announced on November 21. Zagreb does not regularly provide statistics on the extent of illegal migration.
The minister said that in connection with the increase in migration to Croatia in Zagreb and Rijeka, the administration of these cities set up help tents for migrants near the railway stations. According to Božinović, "Croatia is one of the few countries that does its best to protect human rights."
He noted that there is an increase in migration across Europe, including countries on the western and eastern shores of the Mediterranean, stressing that there is also an increase in the number of migrants, such as Burundians, who have not yet been registered on the route that migrants take through Croatia.
According to him, the reason for this is that neighboring countries have not yet harmonized their visa policies with those of the European Union, so migrants can arrive in Belgrade and Sarajevo by air.
Croatia is not a destination country for migrants, so they do not apply here for refugee status, he explained. “We are issuing orders for them that they must leave the European Economic Area within seven days,” he said, adding that Zagreb and Rijeka have provided basic humanitarian assistance to such migrants by setting up tents where they can get hot meals. charge your mobile phones and tidy up.
“This is not a problem that the country can solve alone,” the minister summed up. At the same time, he added that without the participation of Croatia, the solution of the problem of migration at the EU level is impossible.
Meanwhile, the Hungarian police have taken action against more than 250,000 illegal migrants this year, the Hungarian National Police Headquarters (ORFK) said on Monday. ORFK reported that the Hungarian "migration rate has jumped". Data on migrants show more than twice as many accidents as last year.
Between January 1 and November 20 this year, the Hungarian police took 250,002 measures against illegal migrants and smugglers assisting them, while last year the figure was 109,117 cases.
ORFK stressed that, in addition to the fact that the number of measures has increased significantly, border trespassers are also becoming more aggressive.
“On a daily basis, border guards encounter illegal migrants, increasingly aggressive, who climb ladders, which usually damage police and army vehicles and cells with stones, stakes, pieces of wood and bricks of various sizes,” police officials said, noting that this causes significant material damage.
According to the ORFK statement, human smugglers have recently been characterized by the fact that they act violently if they discover circumstances related to police control.
Between January 1 and November 20 this year, police arrested 1,730 smugglers, compared to 1,109 in the same period last year.
“The Hungarian police and border guards, together with soldiers, civil guards, armed guards and foreign colleagues, despite increased migration pressure and an increase in the number of human smugglers, protect Europe, the Schengen zone and the Hungarian state borders,” ORFK stressed in a statement.