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Serbia: Refugees walk through crop fields to reach Croatian border01:29

Serbia: Refugees walk through crop fields to reach Croatian border

Serbia, near Sid
September 28, 2015 at 06:51 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of refugees walked on foot through crop fields near the Serbian city of Sid, having been dropped there by buses in a bid to reach Croatia, Monday. The refugees arrive at a drop off point around 3km (1.9mi) from Sid before heading to the border where buses provided by the Croatian government will take them to the temporary holding camp in Opatovac. From there, they are bussed to the Hungarian border.

The influx of refugees and migrants into Croatia has led to a dispute with Serbia. The fall-out between the two countries manifested as Croatia began turning away vehicles and migrants at its borders, saying it could not cope with the numbers. Serbian people and vehicles were also turned back as a consequence, which Croatia blames on a computer glitch. In response, Serbian authorities compared the alleged policy with "Nazi era" discrimination. In turn, Serbian authorities decided to ban imports of Croatian goods. Croatia responded by banning all Serbian-registered vehicles from entering the country. In total, an estimated 60,000 refugees have entered Croatia in 2015, as of September 25.

Serbia: Refugees walk through crop fields to reach Croatian border01:29
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Hundreds of refugees walked on foot through crop fields near the Serbian city of Sid, having been dropped there by buses in a bid to reach Croatia, Monday. The refugees arrive at a drop off point around 3km (1.9mi) from Sid before heading to the border where buses provided by the Croatian government will take them to the temporary holding camp in Opatovac. From there, they are bussed to the Hungarian border.

The influx of refugees and migrants into Croatia has led to a dispute with Serbia. The fall-out between the two countries manifested as Croatia began turning away vehicles and migrants at its borders, saying it could not cope with the numbers. Serbian people and vehicles were also turned back as a consequence, which Croatia blames on a computer glitch. In response, Serbian authorities compared the alleged policy with "Nazi era" discrimination. In turn, Serbian authorities decided to ban imports of Croatian goods. Croatia responded by banning all Serbian-registered vehicles from entering the country. In total, an estimated 60,000 refugees have entered Croatia in 2015, as of September 25.

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