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A senior Slovenian government official on Thursday accused Croatia of continuing to send refugees to Slovenia without control.

"Croatia is uncontrollably sending refugees to Slovenia in an organised and sophisticated fashion and is thus trying to shift the responsibility for the state they are in onto Slovenia. It is showing no sympathy for the migrants," Bostjan Sefic, state secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told a regular briefing in the afternoon.

He said that Croatia was deliberately allowing large groups of migrants into Slovenia, adding that the Croatian police allowed migrants with children and women to wade across the Sutla river border.

Thermal camera footage shot from a helicopter was played at the press conference, purportedly showing Croatian police leaving refugees at locations not controlled by the Slovenian police. 

Sefic said that Slovenia would inform EU Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos about Croatia's behaviour. Avramopoulos is arriving in Ljubljana in the afternoon and is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Miro Cerar.

According to Sefic, 39,000 people have arrived in Slovenia in the latest refugee wave and Austria has received about 12,000 refugees to date.

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