New refugee transit system in Slovenia functioning well, says minister

The new system introduced on Tuesday to handle the transport of migrants to the Slovenian town of Dobova, where they rest up a little and are then transported to the reception centre in Sentilj where they are registered, is functioning well, State Secretary at the Slovenian Ministry of the Interior Bostjan Sefic told a press conference on Wednesday.

"The new system if functioning well, the procedure to receive refugees has been reduced and we are satisfied with the current cooperation with Croatia which is proceeding without any difficulty," Sefic said.

Sefic said that speculation that Austria would be closing its border with Slovenia for migrants was incorrect. This was speculation in reaction to a statement by Austria's Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner who said that Austria had to prepare for the possibility of up to 15,000 refugees arriving on the Slovenian border, which was why fences are being erected around the Sentilj border crossing.

"This doesn't mean sealing the Austrian border to migrants but setting up a 'low fence' in an effort to better regulate their crossing over," Sefic said.

Prior to Sefic's statement, Slovenia's Interior Minister Vesna Gjerkes Znidar and Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec visited the refugee camp and said that cooperation with Austria was good and that Gjerkes Znidar would be holding a telephone conference later in the day with her Austrian counterpart regarding migrants.

Gjerkes Znidar, however, assessed that cooperation with Croatia was still not satisfactory and that there were still some "noises in communication" with regard to the number of refugees Slovenia could accept from Croatia in a single day.

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