Thursday 22 August 2019

Slovenia to put up hurdles in bid to slow migrant flow

Prime Minister Miro Cerar
Prime Minister Miro Cerar Newsdesk Newsdesk

Slovenia will erect "temporary technical hurdles" along parts of its border with Croatia in the next few days to control migrant flows but will keep border crossings open, Prime Minister Miro Cerar said.

Croatian premier Zoran Milanovic, Croatia said the two countries had agreed to continue cooperating on the reception and transfer of migrants.

"The government will undertake all the necessary measures to protect Croatia's interests," Zagreb added, without giving details.

More than 170,000 migrants and refugees from the Middle East, Asia and Africa have crossed into Slovenia from Croatia since mid-October, effectively funnelled through Slovenia by Hungary's decision to close its border with Croatia.

Around 30,000 more migrants, mostly headed for Austria and then Germany, are expected over the next few days.

"In the coming days we will start putting up temporary technical hurdles on the border to direct the flow of migrants," Mr Cerar told a news conference.

Irish Independent

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