Stefanovic: Serbia will act like Austria, Germany

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Migrants walk on train tracks after leaving a camp on the border with Slovenia in Spielfeld, Austria, Friday, Oct. 23, 2015. Thousands of people are trying to reach central and northern Europe via the Balkans but often have to wait for days in mud and rain at the Serbian, Croatian and Slovenian borders. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

BELGRADE – Serbia on Tuesday received correspondence from Slovenia informing Belgrade that Ljubljana will only take in migrants seeking asylum in Austria and Germany, said Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic, reiterating that Serbia will be acting like Austria and Germany.

Migrants walk on train tracks after leaving a camp on the border with Slovenia in Spielfeld, Austria, Friday, Oct. 23, 2015. Thousands of people are trying to reach central and northern Europe via the Balkans but often have to wait for days in mud and rain at the Serbian, Croatian and Slovenian borders. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Migrants walk on train tracks after leaving a camp on the border with Slovenia in Spielfeld, Austria, Friday, Oct. 23, 2015. Thousands of people are trying to reach central and northern Europe via the Balkans but often have to wait for days in mud and rain at the Serbian, Croatian and Slovenian borders. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

“Slovenia informed us – after Austria had informed it of the same – that it will only be taking in migrants who are ready to seek asylum in Austria and Germany,” Stefanovic told reporters.

Serbia will not take in migrants for whom there are signals indicating that they will not be received by Austria and Germany, he said.

“It is absurd that one should expect Serbia to receive migrants for whom there are clear signals from Austria, Slovenia and Croatia indicating that they will not receive them,” he said in response to criticism from Greece over Serbia’s and Macedonia’s treatment of refugees.

2 COMMENTS

  1. What migrants? There are Serbs starving and you are losing 40,000 youth each year because they are leaving to find jobs. Please…. Serbia is not in a position to take in anyone who cannot be self sufficient and boost the economy. Serbia needs investors and business people to create jobs. Serbia has the highest unemployment in Europe!!

  2. Exactly Redsonja. Serbia still has hundreds of thousands of Serbs who are displaced/legitimate refugees and who cannot go back to their homeland (in Croatia, Muslim-Croat Federation, Kosmet).
    I just read that the Serbian government designate 500,000 Euros for the Syrian migrants.
    What did Syria ever do for Serbia and its refugees?
    The government of Serbia is disgusting and traitorous and helping everyone else to Serbian taxpayers’ money and/or racking up the debt for them.

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