Slovenia strengthens border police, expects migrant wave

Slovenia has sent some 1,000 additional police to the border with Croatia to counter an expected surge in migration toward Western Europe with the easing of lockdown measures across Europe, authorities have said. Police at the border are equiped with surveillance drones, thermal cameras, motion detection cameras and helicopters, and will be assisted by the military and the specialised border control units and police dogs.

In order to help stem the influx, citizens’ groups have been patrolling the border with Croatia in the last years. Migrants from the Mideast, Asia and Africa enter Slovenia from Croatia, hoping to proceed toward neighboring Austria or Italy and from there to other prosperous EU countries.

But Slovenia’s right-wing, anti-immigrant PM Janez Jansa and his Slovenian Democratic Party are doing their best to stop illegal border crossings. According to Slovenia's Deputy Police Commissioner Joze Senica, strong measures are needed as increased migrant movement along the so-called Balkan route has been detected in the past two weeks. He said some 10,000 migrants currently residing in Serbia and Bosnia are looking for ways to move toward the EU.

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