Serbia willing to participate in quotas but cannot be refugee 'parking lot'

Serbia is prepared to participate in the European system of quotas to manage the migrant crisis, but will not be a parking lot for refugees, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Wednesday, as quoted by the RTS public broadcaster.

"Serbia is not and cannot be a parking lot for anyone," Vucic said while commenting on unofficial information that a portion of the money to be raised at a forthcoming donor conference in London would be given to Serbia so that a certain number of migrants expected in the spring would remain in that country.

Underscoring that Serbia was "fairer than most EU countries," and that it was prepared to take in some of the refugees, Vucic said that Belgrade would participate in the quota system "even though it is not an EU member and is not obliged to do so."

"We are fairer than most member states who have taken money from the Germans and the EU when they needed it and now they are not participating in this problem in the right way. We don't need money, we can take in a certain number of these people, but hundreds of thousands of people - that Serbia cannot manage," Vucic said.

Last update: Wed, 03/02/2016 - 21:16

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