The police chiefs of five countries on the migrant route through southeast Europe announced a new agreement Thursday for a coordinated registration point for refugees at the Greek-Macedonian border.
Top police officers from Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria said the plan to jointly profile and register refugees from war-torn countries and arrange “controlled transport” through to Austria and Germany would take immediate effect.
“We made an agreement on the joint profiling and registration of migrants at the Greek-Macedonian border,” Croatia’s police director Vlado Dominic told reporters.
“Our goal is that the refugees’ transfer from Greece to Macedonia, and later to Austria, is as painless as possible.”
He said that joint profiling, instead of each of the five countries profiling migrants individually, would prevent migrants being sent back down the route from one country to another.
The plan comes after Croatia sent 217 Afghan, Syrian and Iraqi refugees back to Serbia late Tuesday for reasons that were not immediately clear, the UN refugee agency’s spokeswoman said.