Since Saturday 17, when Hungary sealed off its border with Croatia, more than 19,460 migrants have arrived in Slovenia, a nation of two million people.
Since Saturday, when Hungary sealed off its border with Croatia, more than 19,460 migrants have arrived in Slovenia, a nation of two million people.
Under the new measures approved by parliament, Slovenian soldiers can assist police in patrolling the border, detain people and hand them over to police, and issue orders to civilians in the border area.
Until now, the army could provide only technical and logistical support to police.
With at least 9,000 people landing on Europe’s beaches every day, there appeared to be no end in sight to the continent’s biggest migration wave since the second world war.
The Slovenian government said: “The last 24 hours have been the toughest and most demanding since the start of the crisis”, and warned it was “delusional” to expect small countries to succeed where larger ones had failed.
The prime minister, Miro Cerar, told journalists on the sidelines of the parliamentary session it would also ask the bloc for backup from police forces in other EU countries and extra equipment for its own officers.
The EU commissioner for migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, is expected to visit Slovenia on Thursday to discuss the request.
In Greece, the crisis showed no sign of abating with a clear “spike in arrivals” that left 27,500 people packed on the Greek islands by Tuesday morning, the United Nations said.
And thousands were left stranded in wet, freezing weather on Croatia’s frontier with Serbia, after travelling up through Greece and Macedonia.
More than 600,000 migrants and refugees, mainly fleeing violence in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, have braved the dangerous journey to Europe so far this year.
The trip that many have made on inflatable boats from Turkey to Greece has left more than 3,000 dead or missing.
The goal for many is the EU’s biggest economy, Germany, which expects to take in up to one million refugees this year.
In September, the EU announced plans to relocate 120,000 asylum seekers from overstretched frontline states Italy and Greece by means of a compulsory quota system that was fiercely opposed by some eastern members of the bloc.
The plan requires most of the 28 member states to accept a share of 160,000 people from the two Mediterranean nations over two years.
So far only 19 Eritrean asylum seekers have been relocated from Italy to Sweden although another 100 people are due to be flown to other cities in the coming days.
Member states have also been slow to follow up with promised financial help – out of the €2.8bn ($3.2bn) pledged at an emergency EU summit on 23 September, only about €474m has materialised.
In a related development, the EU’s border agency said member states had provided less than half the personnel it had requested to help in overstretched locations in Greece and Italy.
In October, the agency said it needed 775 more border guards to help on the bloc’s frontiers, but so far member states have offered to provide only 291.
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