Groups of migrants walk through fields across Serbia's border with Croatia, re-routed to Serbia's western neighbour after Hungary locked down its own frontier. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Croatia found itself dragged into Europe's migrant crisis on Wednesday (September 16) as dozens walked through fields across Serbia's border with its western neighbour, re-routed after Hungary locked down its own frontier with Serbia. A Reuters cameraman saw at least 100 migrants walk through cornfields into European Union member Croatia, most having arrived by bus from Serbia's southern border with Macedonia to the western town of Sid on the Croatian border. Others pulled up in taxis. Some identified themselves as Iraqis. Serbian media reported that at least 10 migrant buses had left for Sid from the southern Serbian town of Presevo, where several thousand enter every day from Macedonia, streaming north across the Balkan peninsula. A journalist on the Croatian side of the border said a first group of migrants had been stopped by Croatian police and taken away to be registered. The buses would normally run to Serbia's border with EU member Hungary, but Hungary's right-wing government on Tuesday (September 15) launched a crackdown that effectively sealed the frontier to migrants with a metal fence and strict new rules that saw asylum seekers rejected within a matter of hours. Many may now hope to enter EU member Croatia and then Slovenia, which is part of Europe's Schengen zone of border-free travel, and beyond to Austria and Germany.