Migrants transferred from Slovenia to Austria also via Karavanke tunnel

A low temperature and snow on Saturday prompted Slovenian and Austrian authorities to start transferring migrants and refugees from Slovenia to Austria also by bus via the Karavanke tunnel, the biggest border crossing between the two countries, Slovenian police confirmed on Saturday.

Under an agreement between the two countries, 402 migrants in eight buses crossed into Austria on Saturday and the procedure will continue in the coming days.

Migrants will continue to be transported by train from Dobova via Jesenice to Austria as well. On Friday and Saturday, four trains transported 2,100 migrants to Austria along that route.

On Saturday morning, there were around 3,000 refugees at Sentilj, Slovenia, the biggest refugee camp on the Slovenian-Austrian border. From Sentilj, migrants cross into Austria on foot under police escort. There were around 700 people at Gornja Radgona, Slovenia, this morning. From there they cross over to Austria in groups via a bridge.

At the Slovenian town of Dobova, where migrants arrive aboard Croatian Railway trains and under Croatian police escort, around 6,200 people were accepted on Friday and Saturday. Their transit will continue in the coming days.

Despite the cold weather and snow that started to fall on Saturday in most parts of the country, the transport of migrants to transit centres and on to Austria is proceeding normally and the reception centre at Dobova, where migrants are registered, is equipped with heaters, Slovene police have confirmed.

Last update: Tue, 08/12/2015 - 12:33
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