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Tense Balkan relations amidst refugee crisis

On their route to the Northern countries of the EU, many refugees pass from Turkey into Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary. However, due to Hungary’s restrictive measures across the Hungary-Serbia border, refugees are now forced to take a detour through EU member state Croatia. Even though refugees mostly transit through the country and do not intend to apply for asylum, Croatia has had major trouble dealing with the influx of the refugees. They are seeking entrance into Hungary and Slovenia, both part of the borderless Schengen zone, but are often not admitted. This has left an unprepared Croatia with thousands of refugees, full refugee camps and no clear strategy to deal with this problem. Sunday, after closing 7 borders earlier that week, Croatia closed its final border crossing with Serbia, leading to increased tensions between the two countries.

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