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Hungary Has Closed Its Borders With Croatia

Hungary has closed its borders with Croatia by midnight 16 October to stem the flow of migrants and refugees, while Croatia is planning to send them onwards to Slovenia, EU Observer reports.

Announcing the decision after the national security cabinet meeting in Budapest, foreign minister Peter Szijjarto said the EU leaders’ meeting on Thursday in Brussels failed to decide on a joint force protecting Greece’s borders, while Hungary is expected to uphold EU rules and protect the external borders of the visa-free Schengen travel zone.

He added that Hungary had informed Croatia, Slovenia, Poland, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany about the move.

It will still be possible for travellers and businesses to cross into Croatia at official border stations.

People will be able to submit asylum requests at two transit zones to be set up on the border with Croatia, as is the case at Hungary’s border with Serbia, which Budapest sealed in September.

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