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Croatia, the latest nation to face the brunt of Europe's migrant crisis, has closed its borders as authorities struggled to cope with an influx of more than 11,000 refugees arriving mainly from Syria.

Only one of Croatia's eight border crossings with Serbia remained open overnight, Reuters reported, after flows of people began arriving in the country two days ago. Croatia, which had largely avoided the attention of refugees moving westwards, found itself overwhelmed after neighbouring Hungary shut its own borders.

Hungary's right-wing government passed a strict emergency law and empowered its police and military to deal with arriving asylum seekers. The resulting violent crackdown on refugees by security forces has provoked widespread international condemnation.

At Croatia's Bajakovo crossing point on the highway between Belgrade and Zagreb, traffic was moving freely. Prior to the unprecedented arrival of the migrants, Croatia had intended to bus those arriving to Zagreb for asylum processing.
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