Serbia Limits Balkan Route to Migrants Seeking Asylum in Austria, Germany

© AFP 2022 / DIMITAR DILKOFF A migrant wrapped in a blanket to keep warm, waits with other migrants and refugees to board a train heading to the border with Croatia at the train station in Presevo, on January 19, 2016, after crossing the Macedonian border into Serbia
A migrant wrapped in a blanket to keep warm, waits with other migrants and refugees to board a train heading to the border with Croatia at the train station in Presevo, on January 19, 2016, after crossing the Macedonian border into Serbia - Sputnik International
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Serbian Labor Minister Aleksandar Vulin said that all refugees, except going to Germany and Austria will be banned to pass through Serbia, according to Serbian Labor Minister Aleksandar Vulin.

Refugees stand behind a fence at the Hungarian border with Serbia near the town of Horgos on September 16, 2015 - Sputnik International
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BELGRADE (Sputnik) — Migrants, not seeking asylum in Austria or Germany, will be banned from going through Serbia, starting from Wednesday, Serbian Labor Minister Aleksandar Vulin said.

"All other refugees, going to other states and planning to seek asylum elsewhere [except Austria and Germany], will not be able to pass through Croatia, Slovenia, Austria and thereby Germany. Proceeding from this, the Serbian government has decided to take similar measures, and we have informed the Macedonian government about it," the Tanjug state news agency quoted Vulin as saying.

According to Vulin, the documents refugees fill in on the Serbian border will contain a question about the country, where refugees plan to seek asylum.

Earlier in January, Austria announced that migrants who do not intend to apply for asylum in Germany would not be able to enter the country.

Migrants rush to board a train in the eastern-Croatia town of Tovarnik, close to the border between Croatia and Serbia on September 18, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said on Tuesday that Belgrade would apply appropriate measures if its neighboring countries made unilateral moves to curb migration.

Europe is facing a major refugee crisis, as hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers from conflict-torn countries in North Africa, the Middle East, Central and South Asia attempt to escape poverty and violence in their home countries.

The EU border agency Frontex detected 1.55 million illegal border crossings during the course of 2015.

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