Influx of Refugees Continues, Austria Starts Building Fence on Slovenia Border

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The latest from the migrant crisis in Croatia, and more fence building in Europe.

From midnight to 9 pm on Monday, 4,162 refugees entered Croatia. There were 1,075 people accommodated at the temporary refugee reception centre in Slavonski Brod. Since the beginning of the migration crisis, 478,964 migrants and refugees have passed through Croatia. It is expected that the influx of refugees from Serbia will continue, reports and Vecernji List on December 8, 2015.

Austria on Monday began preparations to set up a metal fence on a 4 kilometre long section of its border with Slovenia in order to better control the influx of migrants. It will be the first such fence built between two countries which are in the Schengen Area. The Austrian coalition government announced on 13 November that it would build the two metre high fence, without barbed wire.

Preliminary works have already begun at the Spielfeld border crossing at the south of the country. The Austrian government announced that the fence could be “quickly removed” and is “in line with the Schengen rules”. However, this fence will be the first of its kind between two countries in the area of ​​free movement, which is one of the most important achievements of the EU and whose future is compromised due to migration crisis and the threat of terrorist attacks. After Hungary, which last fall completely closed for migrants its borders with Serbia and Croatia with barbed wire fence, in November Slovenia started putting barbed wire on its border with Croatia, but still lets refugees pass.

Surprisingly, Slovenia said it was not opposed to the fence. Commenting on Monday, Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that it was a temporary measure which Austria agreed with Slovenia to provide better control of the wave of refugees and migrants. That it is not anything unexpected is demonstrated by the fact that Austria is currently building a new centre for refugees, which means that it will continue to admit them, assessed the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

On the other hand, the opposition parties have repeatedly warned Prime Minister Cerar that Slovenia could found itself on the other side of the Schengen Area. “This is an alarm which should wake up the Slovenian government”, said former Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel. In order not to remain outside the Schengen Area, Rupel said that Slovenia should implement stricter controls of the refugees on its border with Croatia.

From mid-October until Monday, 296,629 migrants and refugees entered Slovenia, announced the Slovenian police.


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