Slovenian soldiers guarding frontier in bid to prevent illegal migration

Slovenia on Wednesday started deploying a total of 80 soldiers to guard the border with Croatia in an attempt to prevent illegal entries of migrants from Croatia, officials in Ljubljana said.

The troops, together with the border police, are patrolling the areas of Koper, Novo Mesto, Celje  and Maribor, and are authorised to ask migrants in transit to show their identity papers.

The soldiers are allowed to request for the deployment of additional police forces and can use force in self-defence.

This past Monday, the 90-seat parliament okayed by an overwhelming majority the deployment of soldiers to guard the 671-kilometre-long border with Croatia.

The Slovenian police directorate is also planning to use 600 auxiliary police officers in an attempt to tighten the control of the migrant flow through Slovenia.

Last update: Wed, 24/02/2016 - 17:29
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