Slovenia to limit refugee entries into country

Slovenia says it will put limit on refugee entries ahead of expected Austrian announcement to take tougher measures to reduce refugee influx

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Police officers escort Fatima from Syria and other refugees as they make their way on foot after crossing the Croatian-Slovenian border.

Slovenia said on Sunday it would give no respite to the refugees on the eve of a possible announcement from neighbouring Austria to take tougher measures later this week to reduce the refugee influx.  

The two neighbouring countries which have became a transit way for the refugees seeking to pass to other more prosperous European countries.

Slovenia received 90,000 applications last year. The number appeared as the highest rate per capita in the EU.  

The Slovenian Interior Ministry said they would put a limit on the arrivals following Vienna’s expected move.  

According to news reports, the tougher controls would start on Monday morning.   

Hermann Muhr, the spokesman for Austria's Interior Minister Johanna Mikl Leitner, confirmed on Sunday that "a series of tougher measures will be announced in the course of this week including a daily quota of refugees, in line with what Germany is already doing."

Austria already warned that it would limit entrances, after it received 7,500 claims, adding that it would deport at least 12,500 refugees.

The continent is facing its worst refugee crisis since World War II.

Australia, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Macedonia and Bulgaria will meet in Prague on Monday to discuss how to intensify their border controls to deal with the major refugee influx.

TRTWorld and agencies