Refugee flows – Slovenia strengthens border controls with Croatia

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Given the strong increase in migration movements, Slovenia is tightening controls in the border area with Croatia. According to media reports, additional police checkpoints have been set up at certain points near the previous border crossings in the southeast of the country and in the coastal region. Slovenia should follow Italy’s example.

The stricter police checks are intended as compensatory measures near the state border, but not as border controls as such, as the Schengen Code allows in exceptional cases, the daily newspaper “Delo” reported online.

Patrols carry out stricter checks
In addition to the previous police patrols that operate inland, there are now also patrols that carry out stricter checks near the former border crossings, news portal N1 reports. The checks will be introduced in the Novo Mesto police area in the towns of Rigonce, Trnovec near Metlika and Obrežje, the news portal “24ur.com” reports. In the Koper Police Area they will take place in the towns of Rakitovec, Podgorje and Sočerga.

Already 36,000 arrests in Slovenia this year
After Croatia took over Schengen border protection at the beginning of this year, the number of irregular border crossings into Slovenia has increased significantly. In the first eight months, Slovenian police arrested more than 36,000 people, three times as many as in the same period last year. Of these, 34,500 people entered the country via Croatia. More than 90 percent of all migrants crossed the Slovenian-Croatian border in the southeast of the country.

In June, Slovenian Prime Minister Robert Golob assured during his visit to Vienna that Slovenia would not introduce border controls with Croatia, despite the increased number of migrants. The neighboring country considers internal border controls ineffective and repeatedly calls for an end to the controls that Austria has been carrying out at the border with Slovenia since 2015.

Source: Krone

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