Interior Minister Davor Božinović speaks at an international homeland security conference in Zagreb (Sanjin Strukic/PIXSELL) Interior Minister Davor Božinović speaks at an international homeland security conference in Zagreb (Sanjin Strukic/PIXSELL)

At the same time, Božinović said, Croatia would facilitate the integration of migrants who want to stay in Croatia.

"We are ready to respond to any situation in the event of a stronger influx of migrants," Božinović told reporters at an international conference on homeland security in Zagreb on Tuesday.

Addressing the conference, President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović warned about possible recurrence of migrant crisis, and said that Croatia would respond to such developments in a responsible manner and by protecting its borders.

Minister Božinović said Croatia was keeping a close eye on developments in the Middle East and North Africa, areas that are the sources of a large number of migrants hoping to each Western Europe.

"Currently, there is no direct threat," Božinović said, adding that Croatia had stepped up control of migration.

He also underscored that there had been a rise in the number of human traffickers arrested as a result of both higher pressure from migratory routes and more effective law enforcement.

Source: HINA