Hungary closes the border with Croatia from midnight, said Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto, on Friday.
- The Security Cabinet has decided that from Saturday, Hungary will be able to fulfill its obligations under the Schengen Agreement on the border between Hungary and Croatia. We will thus close the border from midnight, said Szijjarto on Friday.
Hungary has already made a fence along the border, but will according to Szijjarto make two transit zones where refugees are given the opportunity to apply for asylum.
378.000 refugees and migrants have so far this year passed through Hungary, heading north of Europe.
Authorities believe that figure will increase to nearly 700,000 within the year.
The country has received criticism after having made long and high fences, but Prime Minister Viktor Orbán rejects the criticism and defends the country's hard-line against refugees and migrants.
In an interview with the German magazine Focus, Orban says that "Islam has never been a part of Europe" and criticized European leaders for the unwillingness to question the challenges a multicultural society brings.
The Croatian government says it has a plan ready to deal with the influx of refugees after the closure of the border to the neighboring country, but will not go into details about it.
- The Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic is in contact with his Slovenian counterpart Miro Cerar. The Croatian government has already agreed with Slovenia on a plan. In case Hungary closes the border, Croatia will implement the plan, in cooperation with Slovenia, said a government spokesman in the Croatian capital Zagreb.
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