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The Latest: Croatia opens reception center for migrants after days of chaos

  • Refugees line up to cross the border from Croatia to the Slovenian village Rigonce at the border station in Harmica, Croatia, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. The refugees enter a bus for transport to a registration center. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    Refugees line up to cross the border from Croatia to the Slovenian village Rigonce at the border station in Harmica, Croatia, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. The refugees enter a bus for transport to a registration center. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken with a long shutter speed, a refugee carries a mattress at a makeshift camp while waiting to cross the border from Croatia into Slovenia near the border station of Obretzje in Slovenia Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    In this photo taken with a long shutter speed, a refugee carries a mattress at a makeshift camp while waiting to cross the border from Croatia into Slovenia near the border station of Obretzje in Slovenia Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)  (The Associated Press)

  • A makeshift camp of refugee waiting to cross the border from Croatia into Slovenia are illuminated by a police floodlight near the border station of Obretzje in Slovenia Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    A makeshift camp of refugee waiting to cross the border from Croatia into Slovenia are illuminated by a police floodlight near the border station of Obretzje in Slovenia Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)  (The Associated Press)

The latest developments as European governments rush to cope with the huge number of people moving across Europe. All times local:

10:40 a.m.

Authorities in Croatia have set up a migrant reception center in the eastern Croatian village of Opatovac, hoping to inject order into the unrelenting chaos that has gripped the country overwhelmed by thousands seeking sanctuary in Europe.

Croatian authorities said Monday that some 27,000 people fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia had entered the country since Hungary shut its border with Serbia on Sept. 15. That closure stymied many migrants, who found their way blocked as governments bickered over who should take responsibility for them.

The new center is expected to register the asylum seekers and then arrange for transport onward.

But asylum seekers were worried, even though they've been promised they will eventually be sent to Hungary or Slovenia.

"Now we're waiting for their decision, we don't know what will happen, " said Salakh Arbash, 18, from Syria.