Croatia’s minister of the interior, Davor Božinović, said the country accepted 40 migrants under the EU’s relocation program last year. He also spoke about toughening the country’s borders.
Božinović had an informal meeting with the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council in Bulgaria on Thursday. In that meeting he said, “every country has a sovereign right to protect its borders and to decide who to allow in its territory”. He added that integrated border management is “crucial for the normal functioning of the Schengen area”.
As a country with the longest external border, Croatia has opened a border police training center, to toughen its borders. There are plans to set up similar centers throughout the country, Božinović said. Last year Croatia’s 40 migrants came from Turkey as part of the EU migration deal.
An increasing number of EU members now refuse to take (more) migrants in their countries. After the Visegrad Four countries, Austria and Bulgaria have also spoken out against the EU’s migrant relocation plans as well.