Croatia does not have migrant problem, says interior minister

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Interior Minister Davor Božinović today refuted claims that migrants are coming to Croatia to collect welfare benefits, saying that Croatia does not have a migrant problem.

A migrant can get €20 a month here, which is no reason for someone from Afghanistan to come to Croatia, he said on a Croatian Television talk show, commenting on President Zoran Milanović's recent claim that now migrants are coming only to collect welfare benefits.

Welfare benefits may attract migrants to Germany or Sweden, which set aside much more for asylum seekers than Croatia, that's why those coming here illegally don't stay but proceed there where they get €1,000 to €2,000, Božinović said.

Never have more than 600 to 700 migrants spent one night in Croatia and "we don't have a migrant problem," he added.

We are making an effort so that as few as possible enter the country, he said.

Asked why the army was not guarding the border, he said it was a police job and that police were specially trained for that.

Text: Hina