Slovenian PM says no more Balkan route for illegal migrants

There is no more Balkan migrant route and Slovenia will in the future allow the entry of only those people with documents adequate for their entry into the Schengen area, Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar said after the EU summit on the migrant crisis on Brussels on Tuesday.

"The summit has sent out a very clear message to those who smuggle refugees and illegal migrants that the Balkan route no longer exists," Cerar told the press.

According to official conclusions adopted at the summit, "illegal migrant flows have ended" while a proposed conclusion saying that "as of now, the Balkan migrant route is closed," which was also advocated by Slovenia, has been left out. Cerar, however, said that the essence of the conclusion, with which everyone agreed, was in fact the same.

According to him, this means that all countries on the route of irregular, namely illegal migrations towards central Europe will in the future decline to receive illegal migrants and Slovenia will start applying Schengen regulations entirely today or tomorrow.

Last update: Tue, 08/03/2016 - 11:35

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