Slovenia asks EU for police backup

Slovenia requests police support from EU to regulate inflow of refugees

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Refugees wait to be taken by Slovenian police from the Rigonce-Harmica border brossing to the registration center nearby Slovenian town of Brezice

Slovenia has requested police units from the European Union to help handle a massive refugee influx into the country, the country's Interior Minister Vesna Gyorkos Znidar said on Slovenian TV on Wednesday.

More than 12,600 refugees, many fleeing violence in Syria, crossed into the country in 24 hours according to Slovenian police.  

“Slovenia has already asked other EU member states for police units," Znidar said.

Thousands of refugees take the Balkan route to reach northern Europe before winter sets in.

European Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos will visit Slovenia on Thursday to discuss the growing refugee crisis in the continent.

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker also called an extraordinary meeting which will take place on Sunday with the attendance of leaders from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.

The Slovenian government passed a law on Tuesday to send Slovenian troops to the country's borders in addition to police units as thousands of refugees flooded into the country.

The continent has been struggling to find a united solution to its biggest refugee crisis since World War II.

According to the United Nations, more than 600,000 refugees, mostly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, have entered Europe so far this year.


TRTWorld and agencies