Austrian Chancellor, Slovenian PM to talk migrants Monday

Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern will visit Slovenia on Monday where he will meet with Prime Minister Miro Cerar to discuss the migrant issue, Cerar's office reported on Thursday.

This will be a working meeting ahead of a European Union (EU) summit in Bratislava on September 16 and the two officials will exchange opinions on the future of the EU, "with emphasis on resolving the migrant issue," Cerar's office said.

This is the first meeting between the two officials and Cerar has recently expressed concern due to a possible recurrence of last year's migrant crisis when half a million refugees passed through Slovenia. Cerar warned of possible conflicts if a large tide of refugees were to cause a "domino effect," should each country on that route close their borders in succession. Cerar called for stronger control of the EU's external border and Schengen and cooperation between countries along the potential migrant route.

Cerar expressed concern and fear for the Schengen area because information indicates that Austria intends to introduce tighter controls of its border with Slovenia.

Last update: Thu, 08/09/2016 - 17:24

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