ZAGREB, Croatia – The latest developments in Europe's immigration crisis. All times local:
Croatian police say more than 500,000 asylum-seekers have crossed into the country since mid-September on their way toward Western Europe.
Police said Monday that 501,987 people have entered Croatia since Hungary closed its border with Serbia, redirecting the flow of refugees to Croatia. All have continued their journey toward the wealthy nations of the European Union, primarily Germany or Sweden.
The countries along the Balkan migrant corridor in the past weeks have been allowing in only refugees from war-torn countries such as Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan. That has slowed down the movement of people and angered asylum-seekers from Iran or African nations.
Migrants usually cross the Aegean Sea from Turkey into Greece and then move on to Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia before reaching Austria.