Slovenia Explains Additional Restrictions on Admission of Migrants from Croatia

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A little more detail on Slovenia’s new refugee policy. 

On Tuesday, Slovenia issued an explanation on the new restrictions on the admission of migrants and refugees from Croatia, which were introduced due to the request made by Austria. It has also denied claims that Austria had decided to refuse to admit at the border and in the refugee camps all those who turn out to be economic migrants and that it had started to bring them back to Slovenia, reports 24Sata on January 13, 2016.

According to a statement made by the Slovenian Ministry of the Interior, Austria continues to admit all migrants, unless it is proven that they have concealed their true identity, for example, by saying that they had come from Syria. In some cases, interpreters for Arabic language can prove that these people had actually come from countries in North Africa.

The same procedures for better identification of migrants and refugees without documents on the basis of their language have recently been introduced by Slovenia as well. Migrants which are returned by Austria are being accommodated by Slovenia at refugee centres where their real identity is being established.

The Slovenian Ministry of the Interior stated that it recently had to adjust to the procedures initiated by Austria in terms of the number of migrants which that country is able to receive daily. Since the end of last year, Austria is daily accepting up to three trains with a maximum of 540 passengers per train, and another 400 people on buses. Other trains and busses over this limit can be accepted only by special agreement and only in exceptional cases.

According to authorities in Ljubljana, Slovenia has informed Croatia about these changes, since occasionally trains with refugees arrive to Dobova in Slovenia contrary to the agreed schedule and, until recently, with too many migrants as well.

On Wednesday, directors of the Slovenian and Austrian police will meet at the Šentilj border crossing for discussions about the migrant crisis. They have extended the invitation for the meeting to the Croatian government as well, but that offer was rejected, says the Slovenian police.


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