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The Latest: Migrants pour into Croatia after Hungary clashes

The Latest: Thousands of migrants pour into Croatia after clashes on border with Hungary

The Latest: Migrants pour into Croatia after Hungary clashes

TOVARNIK, Croatia (AP) -- The latest developments as European governments rush to cope with the huge number of people moving across Europe. All times local (CET):

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10:15 a.m.

Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen says Denmark would on "a voluntarily basis" be willing to take 1,000 refugees "in the light of the extraordinary situation" but won't take part in any mandatory European Union quota to relocate the tens of thousands of migrants pouring into Europe.

Loekke Rasmussen says the country "cannot open our borders to anyone and everyone. We would not be able to absorb it economically and culturally."

Along with Britain and Ireland, Denmark is not legally bound to take part in EU plans to spread refugees more evenly across the bloc.

Loekke Rasmussen told a news conference Thursday that later in the day he would meet with EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels, adding "we are challenged, Europe is challenged, Denmark is challenged."

He added Denmark also has earmarked 750 million kroner ($113 million) over the next years to help refugees "in particular in the neighboring areas." He didn't specify where or how the money should be used.

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9:15 a.m.

Thousands of migrants are pouring into Croatia, setting up a new path toward Western Europe after Hungary used tear gas and water cannons to keep them out of its territory.

Croatian police said Thursday that some 5,650 migrants have come into the country since first groups started arriving early on Wednesday. Authorities have been using trains and buses to transfer them to refugee centers.

Croatian authorities say they are forming a special body to deal with the influx. Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic says that the country has the situation under control. But he warned that "if huge waves start coming through Serbia we must consider different moves."


Updated : 2021-09-28 10:43 GMT+08:00