Pahor: Migrants on Slovenia-Croatia border to be treated as on Austria-Slovenia border

Slovenia will have to establish the same migrant transit regime on the border with Croatia as Austria has on its border with Slovenia in order to control the flow of migrants so that a large number of them doesn't remain on its territory, Slovenia's President Borut Pahor said on Monday during a visit to the Sentilj refugee centre.

"A lot more migrants are coming to Slovenia than we can handle," Pahor said, adding that Slovenia has to adapt to the rhythm that neighbouring Austria is receiving migrants which, like Slovenia, is in the Schengen Area.

"As long as Austria is allowing them through, we need to allow them through in a controlled manner. However, if stricter controls are introduced by the Austrian side, we will have to introduce the same control regime," Pahor said ahead of an official visit to Belgium on Tuesday. 

He said that he would inform EU officials in Brussels about the current situation with the migrant wave. Migrants need to be treated humanely, however, the state has to act resolutely to protect its borders and secure order and stability in the country, Slovenia's President said.

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