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Delo - Slovenia | Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Exodus to Europe: Ljubljana following Berlin and Vienna

Slovenia plans to build temporary barriers on its border with Croatia to ensure that refugees are steered towards the border crossing points. Controlled border crossing would still be possible, Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar explained on Tuesday. According to Cerar, Austria and Germany have decided not to take in more than 6,000 refugees daily. The centre-left daily Delo identifies two reasons for the decision to erect barriers: "On the one hand Slovenia is gradually relieving itself of the burden of the refugee problem, which is also taking a toll on its domestic affairs. On the other hand we are seeing Europe's willingness to be completely open to the influx of refugees come to an end in a synchronised way. There can be no doubt that Slovenia is symbolically closing its borders with the approval of Germany and Austria. A tightening of our two northern neighbours' border policy regarding the refugees is foreseeable for the near future."

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