Croatia to request int'l assistance in organising reception of migrants

The Croatian government is expected to make a formal request on Thursday for international assistance in organising the reception of migrants.

According to the proposed decision, which is on the agenda of a government session scheduled for Thursday, Croatia will ask the European Union member states through the EU's Civil Protection Mechanism for material assistance in organising the reception of migrants.

The tentative list of material resources to be requested includes winter tents, residential and sanitary containers, tent heaters, folding and bunk beds, sleeping bags, rubber boots, and extension cords.

According to the Ministry of the Interior, 212,049 migrants have entered Croatia since mid-September. The government has allocated 12 million kuna from commodity reserves and the budget for the migrants and has approved a further 20 million kuna for this purpose, Deputy Prime Minister Branko Grcic has told Croatian Radio.

The HZ rail company told Hina it has so far organised 104 trains for the transport of migrants, each costing about 75,000 kuna or more than a million euros in total.

The Croatian Red Cross has so far raised nearly 2 million kuna, and distributed 274 tonnes of food, 33,000 litres of drinking water, 30,000 blankets and 123,000 raincoats. It told Hina it currently has over 300 staff and volunteers on the ground.

(EUR 1 = HRK 7.62)

Last update: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 08:49

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