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The Latest: Migrants Stuck at Serbia-Croatia Border Fan out

The Latest: Migrants Stuck at Serbia-Croatia Border Fan out

Monday, 19 October 2015 05:24 AM

TRNOVEC, Slovenia (AP) — The latest news as migrants fleeing war or seeking a better life make their way across Europe by the tens of thousands. All times local.

11:15 a.m.

Hundreds of migrants, who have been stuck at Serbia's border with Croatia, have started moving, spreading across fields to avoid Croatian police blocking their way into the European Union.

The migrants are walking in groups, taking routes through orchards and corn fields away from a border passage that has served as a crossing point for weeks. Families with children, men and women can be seen walking away in mud and cold in search of new paths.

Croatian police were deployed with metal barriers Monday on the usual migrant passage in an attempt to control the influx of people. Hundreds of migrants spent the night on the border in buses and tents, with tensions building.

Croatia says about 4,000 people are already in the refugee camp near the border.

10:50 a.m.

Passenger train service between France and England has been suspended after migrants rushed the French terminal in hopes of reaching a better life in Britain.

The trains that cross beneath the Channel face increasingly frequent delays as more migrants take their chances on the tracks that link the two countries, with many each night trying to stow away on the trucks and cars loading on the freight train. At one point during the summer, hundreds of migrants, who live by the thousands in shanty camps in Calais, tried to rush the boarding area at once.

Eurotunnel said Monday's problem originated in Calais, where the overnight rush happened later than usual, affecting the early morning trains. Service was expected to resume midmorning.

10:20 a.m.

Hundreds of migrants, including women and small children, have been left waiting in the mud on the border between Serbia and Croatia after Croatian police put up a fence to control the influx.

The migrants have spent the night in aid tents and buses. On Monday, parents were seen handing over babies to Croatian police across the metal barriers.

Farouk Al-Hatib from Syria says "we are in cold weather and the place is not good ... our message for the governments is to take into consideration our suffering."

The backlog built up after Hungary closed down its border to Croatia for the flow of migrants and they were diverted to Slovenia, which is only taking in limited numbers.

Croatian police say more than 4,000 migrants remain in the refugee camp in Opatovac near the Serbian border.

9:25 a.m.

Hundreds of migrants have spent the night in rain and cold at Croatia's border with Slovenia after Croatia sent a train there despite Slovenia's refusal to take any more people into the country.

The train carrying some 1,800 people arrived in the early hours of the morning Monday. Croatian police let the migrants get off the train but Slovenian police were deployed to the border and put up fences to prevent a mass entry.

For hours, migrants — including women and children — sought ways to sneak into Slovenia, while authorities allowed in only small groups. Croatian police on the other side prevented migrants from turning back.

Slovenian police said Monday that 150 women and children from the train have been registered and let into the country. The border incident has caused a diplomatic spat between Croatia and Slovenia.

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The latest news as migrants fleeing war or seeking a better life make their way across Europe by the tens of thousands. All times local.11:15 a.m.Hundreds of migrants, who have been stuck at Serbia's border with Croatia, have started moving, spreading across fields to avoid...
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