Tuesday 6 December 2016

Slovenia to build razor-wire fence on Croatian border to stem flow of migrants

Published 10/11/2015 | 14:28

Afghan migrants wait to to enter the registration camp after their arrival by train from the Croatian border, in Sentilj, Slovenia
Afghan migrants wait to to enter the registration camp after their arrival by train from the Croatian border, in Sentilj, Slovenia

Slovenia is to start building razor-wire fences on the border with Croatia to stem the flow of migrants - but not to stop it entirely, the country's prime minister said.

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Miro Cerar said that "at this moment about 30,000 immigrants are on their way towards Slovenia", adding that the work to build the fence will begin "in the next few days".

Slovenian officials have said the fence could be used to direct the refugee flow, not to close the 670-kilometre (400-mile) border as was the case in Hungary.

Mr Cerar has previously said that his small Alpine nation was being overwhelmed by the flow of refugees.

Nearly 170,000 migrants have crossed Slovenia since mid-October when Hungary closed its border with Croatia and the flow was redirected to Slovenia.

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