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Slovenia on Tuesday clarified the new restrictions on the acceptance of refugees from Croatia, which it had imposed following demands by Austria, but denied reports that Austria was turning all people found to be economic migrants back to Slovenia.

Austria continues to accept migrants unless they are found to have concealed their true identity, for example by stating that they come from Syria even though it has been proved with the help of interpreters for Arabic that they actually come from Maghreb countries, the Slovenian Ministry of the Interior said in a statement.

Slovenia sends migrants turned back by Austria to refugee centres for re-identification purposes.

The Slovenian ministry says it had to adjust to the procedures used by Austria with regard to the number of migrants it can take in daily.

At the end of last year Austria decided to allow in no more than three trains daily with a maximum of 540 passengers per train and an additional 400 people brought by bus. Any additional transports outside the determined schedules and quotas may be agreed only exceptionally.

Slovenia has informed Croatia of this so that it would adjust its train schedules and the number of migrants accordingly.

The Slovenian and Austrian chiefs of police are meeting at the Sentilj border crossing on Wednesday to discuss further steps regarding the influx of migrants. The Croatian government has also been invited to the meeting, but has declined, the Slovenian ministry said.

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