Thousands of migrants gather at a train station in eastern Croatia as the flow of people travelling towards western Europe along the Balkan route shifts towards Croatia. Rough Cut (No reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) More than 5,000 migrants have entered Croatia since Hungary sealed its southern border with Serbia, police said on Thursday (September 17), seeking new routes through the Balkans to western Europe. About three thousand migrants crowded the train station at Tovarnik in eastern Croatia after crossing into the country from Serbia. With their path north from Serbia into Hungary - and the European Union - blocked since Tuesday (September 15), migrants have simply turned west to the Croatian frontier. Croatia said it could cope with several thousand people, but not with tens of thousands. The migrants are at the moment being transported to reception centers near capital Zagreb and towns in central Croatia. The influx, which Croatia says it will not halt, puts tiny Slovenia next in line to receive the thousands of migrants, many of them refugees from the Middle East, trying to reach Austria then Germany and other more prosperous countries of northern and western Europe. Croatia, the EU's newest member which joined the bloc in 2013, says it will not halt their passage.