India rejects net zero carbon emissions target ahead of COP26    Progress still possible in Syria, UN envoy says after disappointment over Geneva talks    Al-Rajhi holds bilateral meetings with number of labor ministers in Dubai    Sheikh Al-Sudais inaugurates smart disinfection robot at Grand Mosque    Al-Murabba provides 7 International dining destinations to its visitors    TDF, Ennismore sign MoU to explore $400 million investment fund    FII reconsiders infrastructure establishment logistics    Al-Jadaan: CCE must be taken into consideration to address climate change    FII discusses redesigning tourism and laying foundations for future success    Islamic Affairs Minister awarded Albanian Islamic Sheikhdom Shield    Saudi, US Navies' Blue Defender 21 drill concludes    UK plans to remove travel 'red list' and hotel quarantine: Report    Janssen partners with National Guard Hospital to offer breakthrough genetic testing to leukemia patients    United upsets Friends, ICAD downs Chinar, CSG edges Pak Zalmi: Kanoo league    Ithra's 4th Tanween season explores 'Tools' that shape creativity for the future    Legendary comedian and satirist Mort Sahl dies at age 94    RedSeaIFF invites audiences to discover selection of masterpieces    Riyadh Season hosts Barcelona and Boca Juniors on Maradona Cup night    All eyes on Jeddah! World's best golfers set for climax of Aramco Team Series    Pakistan hammer India by 10 wickets to clinch T20 win    Bride's fingerprint not required in revised e-marriage contract    Bollywood superstar's son denied bail in drugs case    Saudis, expats mourn death of prominent Filipino preacher in Riyadh    Bollywood actor Sidharth Shukla dies at 40    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Directs KSrelief to Urgently Provide Malaysia with Medical, Preventive Equipment and Supplies to Address COVID-19 Pandemic    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Congratulates President of Maldives on Independence Day    Weather Forecast for Sunday    RSNF Commander Patronizes Ceremonial Launching of His Majesty's Ship "Jazan"    OIC Condemns Houthi Attempts to Target Civilians in Saudi Arabia    Philippines evacuates thousands as monsoon rains flood cities, provinces    Heavy rain in India triggers floods, landslides; at least 125 dead    U.S. Records 64,321 New Infections of Coronavirus    Without Fans, Tokyo Olympics Kicked Off    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers at Arafat Holy Site    Dr. Mohammed Sulaiman Al-Jasser, Saudi Arabia's Pick to Chair IsDB Group for the next five years, unanimously approved by BoG Committee of Procedures    Saudi Press: Fitch affirms Saudi Credit Rating at "A" with a revised outlook to stable from negative    Handled Cargo at Saudi Ports Increases during June 2021    SDAIA, DARP & STC Launch Pilgrim's Smart Bracelet (NUSK)    2 Goals by Diaz Gives Colombia 3rd Place at Copa America    Saudi Cinema Night at Arab World Institute in Paris Kicks Off    KSU Leads Joint International Scientific Project for Early Detection of Breast Cancer    Saudi Arabia to Participate in Cannes Film Festival 2021    Arab Cup U-17 Championship Draw Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Palestine, Kuwait, in the 1st Group    AWI Hosts Saudi Cinema Nights in Paris    Brazil Beats Chile at Copa America Despite 2nd-Half Red Card    Council of Senior Scholars: Muslim Brothers' Group Don't Represent Method of Islam, rather only Follows its Partisan Objectives, Violating our Graceful Religion    Eid Al-Adha Prayer Performed at the Grand Holy Mosque    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers in Arafat Holy Site    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.



Croatia opens new migrant center as winter approaches
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 04 - 11 - 2015

A new Croatian center set up to improve the journey of refugees and migrants opened its doors on Tuesday, receiving about 1,000 arrivals by train on a cold and foggy morning.
The center was set up over the past two weeks by the Croatian army in a former warehouse on the outskirts of Slavonski Brod, an eastern town by the Bosnian border, and can take in about 5,000 people.
With winter approaching, the centre was established to improve conditions for refugees and migrants, who until now had to walk three kilometers in Serbia to reach the border with Croatia, and then often faced a cold and lengthy wait to cross.
Following a deal reached last month between Zagreb and Belgrade, the travellers are now being transferred to the new centre by train directly from the Serbian town of Sid, about 100 kilometres away.
"This will at least decrease their suffering a bit. They will not have to walk and wait in the rain and cold which is especially important for children and sick people," Croatian army spokesman Ivica Orsolic said.
The first 1,000 migrants to arrive at the new centre came from another Croatian camp in the village of Opatovac, near the Serbian border, which was set up when the influx began.
The first train from Sid in Serbia also departed for Slavonski Brod early Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the Serbian minister in charge of refugees said.
As of early evening on Monday, the "green" border crossing at Berkasovo, which migrants had earlier been walking across into Croatia, was closed, Croatian police spokeswoman Jelena Bikic said.
Since mid-September, when Hungary closed its border with Serbia to migrants, more than 312,000 people fleeing war and poverty in Middle East, Africa and Asia have transited through Croatia, an EU member with a population of 4.2 million.
Most are heading for Germany or other richer northern European countries, but must travel from Greece through the Balkans to get there.
The new center consists of several large tents, two of them holding more than 1,400 beds each, and facilities for children, women and sick people. All the accommodation is heated.
"We are prepared... the situation is under control and there should be no problems," Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic said at the weekend.
In recent days, an daily average of about 7,000 migrants have been entering Croatia from Serbia, before being transferred by buses and trains to Croatia's western neighbor, Slovenia.
But the number of migrants surged again on Monday when nearly 9,000 people entered.


Clic here to read the story from its source.