Slovenia will tighten controls on its border with Croatia in the coming weeks after host countries have changed their attitude towards refugees from the Middle East, Prime Minister Miro Cerar announced on Friday.
"Slovenia has a duty to effectively protect and control the Schengen border. That's why we will have to further tighten controls on the border with Croatia in the coming weeks," Cerar told STA news agency in an interview.
He said that the capacity of Central European countries, such as Austria and Germany, to take in refugees had been considerably reduced, which was affecting their moves in tackling the refugee crisis.
Austria has announced that in the coming days it plans to introduce a new regime for refugee arrivals from Slovenia, citing the possibility of introducing a daily quota of up to 2,500 refugees.
Cerar said that Slovenia would promptly and adequately respond to this move by imposing measures on the border with Croatia because it could not afford a large number of refugees staying in Slovenia for a longer time because of the Austrian restrictions.
Cerar said he would continue to insist on a common European solution to the refugee crisis and that to that end he had put forward a proposal for EU members to send police resources to Macedonia to help it cope with the refugee influx.
Cerar said that the migration issue should not be abused in political debates, as sometimes is the case in Slovenia, so as not to incite xenophobia.