Borders open and closed: For thousands of refugees, the Balkan route has become even more tortuous – and now they’re also dealing with rain and cold. With the Hungarian-Croatian border now closed, Slovenia has become the new country of transit.
Many border disputes between former Yugoslavian constituent states remain unresolved, including along the Danube river between Serbia and Croatia. A Czech politician has proclaimed a new independent state there.
Two decades on, thousands of refugees from the Yugoslav wars still don’t have a home to call their own. A regional housing program is hoping to change that - with some help from the West.
Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic says Croatia does an effective job of guarding an EU periphery. He also told DW that he does not believe refugees' accusations of routine mistreatment at the hands of Croatia's authorities.
A legal opinion presented to the EU's top court says mandatory quotas for the relocation of refugees across the bloc should stand. Hungary and Slovakia have challenged the EU measure, claiming it's illegal.
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