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12 Oct 2018 description

Zagreb – Forty-four Syrian refugees landed safely in Zagreb on Wednesday and Thursday (10-11 October) after leaving Turkey as a part of Croatia’s first ever resettlement programme, which was launched last year.

The refugees who arrived over these two days (20 landed on Wednesday, 24 on Thursday) represent the fourth group resettled with the assistance of IOM, the UN Migration Agency, which is supporting the Republic of Croatia’s initiative to accept a total of 150 refugees from Turkey.

25 Jul 2018 description
report European Union

Last week, a Frontex surveillance airplane started monitoring the EU’s external borders in the Western Balkans area as part of Frontex Multipurpose Aerial Surveillance (MAS). This is a swift and tailored response to the request made by Croatian authorities to monitor the migration flows and help Croatia, as well as the neighbouring Western Balkan countries, address the challenges on the ground.

10 Jul 2018 description

Zagreb – A third group of 24 Syrian refugees landed in Zagreb after leaving Turkey today (10/07) with the support of IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in a continuation of the first ever resettlement programme initiated last year by the Republic of Croatia.

The new arrivals included five families, 13 adults and 11 children, of which there were 15 males and 9 females. Four persons have been assisted with special travel and transport arrangements based on their specific needs, including wheelchairs and care for a pregnant passenger.

26 Mar 2018 description

Budapest, 25 March 2018 – The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is warning tens of thousands of people across the Balkans and Eastern Europe could be at risk from flooding as extreme weather is set to worsen this week.

A sudden rise in temperature has seen snow and ice thaw rapidly, swelling rivers and lakes. This combined with heavy rain has caused flooding across swathes of Europe including Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, Hungary, Montenegro and Romania.

26 Jan 2018 description

Zagreb – Twenty-six Syrian refugees landed safely in Zagreb on Thursday (25/01) after leaving Turkey as part of Croatia’s first ever resettlement programme, launched last year.

The new arrivals included five families and one unmarried male. There were 14 adults and 12 children on the flight, 11 male and 15 female. A young pregnant woman and her husband were among the group.

An additional ten refugees who are part of the group arrived safely this morning (26/01).

18 Jan 2018 description
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Radio Refugee
report Médecins du Monde

In 2016, Doctors of the World Belgium began providing medical care and psychological counseling to asylum seekers at two centers in Croatia.

Syrians, Iraqis, Pakistanis and Iranians are among those living at the centers who have fled due to dire circumstances such as war, persecution and crippling poverty.

In Croatia, our team consists of general health practitioners, nurses, community workers and interpreters who provide primary healthcare check ups and conduct health screenings of newly arrived applicants to ensure their well being and protection.

28 Nov 2017 description

Zagreb – A first group of 36 Syrian refugees landed in Zagreb after leaving Turkey today, and a family of four is expected to arrive this evening (28/11) through a new resettlement programme initiated by the Republic of Croatia with the support of IOM, the UN Migration Agency.

The group is the first of 150 Syrian refugees that Croatia has committed to resettling from Turkey, bringing the newest EU member into a group of emerging resettlement states.

18 Sep 2017 description

By Gurvinder Singh, IFRC

“I crossed nine countries to reach here,” said 17-year-old Salman from Afghanistan. Salman is one of hundreds of boys who have arrived in Croatia on their own from countries like Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. Now Croatian Red Cross is taking care of him.

As for most children travelling alone, Salman’s journey into Europe was difficult, distressing and almost deadly.

20 Jul 2017 description

The situation

Forest fires started on Sunday, 16 July 2017 in the Adriatic coast of Croatia and Montenegro, as well as earlier last week in Italy on the slopes of the Vesuvius volcano.

26 May 2017 description

By: Helen Womack and Zsolt Balla in Zagreb, Croatia | 26 May 2017

Wissam watches his son playing in a sandpit outside their flat. In a nearby apartment, Ali is getting ready to go to a job interview. The two Iraqi refugees lost heart after Austria sent them back to Croatia, but are now settled in Zagreb where they are starting to recover their faith in the future.

15 Feb 2017 description

"I only want peace and to live away from the Taliban - it's not important where I go. I want to stay here in Croatia. I'm tired of travelling"

By Lin Taylor

OSIJEK, Croatia, Feb 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - At 16, Afghan migrant Ashkan Barak is already tired of life. For the past year, the orphan has been on the run - fleeing Taliban militants, paying smugglers to cross the Mediterranean, and avoiding detection in countries he never knew existed.

10 Feb 2017 description
report Caritas

By Irene Broz

Hotel Porin, a large socialist style hotel on the outskirts of Zagreb, serves as a reception centre for asylum seekers. It’s a large concrete building surrounded by a park. This time of the year it’s covered in snow.

The hotel is currently at full capacity, hosting more than 600 people. Some ‘guests’ are stranded there as a consequence of the EU and Turkey agreement to close all borders on the South eastern European refugee route. Some have arrived through the EU relocation scheme. Others have been returned from Austria.

20 Jan 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

(Budapest) – Croatian police are forcing asylum seekers back to Serbia from inside Croatia, in some cases using violence, without giving them an opportunity to lodge claims for protection, Human Rights Watch said today.

29 Dec 2016 description

By Caroline Haga, IFRC

50-year-old Dhafer Aldoori had to leave his wife and five children behind as he fled Iraq. Since spending more than nine months in Croatia he has been granted asylum and is hoping to finally reunite with his family. Until then he will continue to volunteer with the Red Cross at the Zagreb reception centre.

18 Dec 2016 description

"They were in serious condition, dehydrated and apparently have not eaten for five days"

BELGRADE, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Dozens of migrants, mainly from Afghanistan, have been taken to hospital in Croatia after police stopped a van carrying 67 people, and arrested two Bulgarian citizens suspected of human trafficking, the police said.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

09 Dec 2016 description

The outbreak of violence in Syria in 2011 led to protracted conflict, waves of displacement and a global humanitarian crisis. In the summer of 2015, the number of migrants and refugees arriving in Europe increased enormously, peaking in October with nearly a quarter of a million arrivals.
A migration route opened up through Croatia, prompting the opening of transit reception centres to manage the inflows (see Figure 1). The magnitude of the crisis limited the role that local authorities and citizens could play in responding to such large initial population influxes.