Most's Nikola Grmoja (l) and Nizar Shoukry (r) (Photo: Igor Soban/PIXSELL) Most's Nikola Grmoja (l) and Nizar Shoukry (r) (Photo: Igor Soban/PIXSELL)

Shourky, who is originally from Syria but has been living and working in Croatia for the past 35 years, said it was important to keep Croatia's borders secure. He also touched on his volunteer work with migrants.

“I work with these people every day and every day tens of them attempt to cross our border from Serbia illegally. Our police are handling the enormous task of preventing illegal movement across the border. Croatia is not against migrants. We proved that in 2015, but we do want strict control of the migrants coming into the country so we know who they are,” he said.

He also suggested that Croatia put up more fences and physical barriers along Croatia’s southern and eastern frontiers. Sending the army to the border would also discourage people from attempting to cross the border illegally, he said.

“Migrants have great respect for the military and they know that the Croatian Army is a highly professional force. The mere presence of the military next to our police will send a strong message.”

Nikola Grmoja wants the president to explain why she is not going to Marrakkesh and the government to inform the public about what this agreement actually means for countries that support it. The US, Hungary, and Austria have said they will not be taking part.

“I think the actions of the president and the government on this issue are irresponsible. The government is staying quiet while the President says she'll go and then changes her mind without explaining what the problem is with the Global Compact. I don't think this is the way that responsible leaders govern. We are going to insist on the security of the Croatian people and the Croatian border,” Grmoja said.