Slovenia continues erecting border fence

Slovenia continued building a razor wire fence along its border with Croatia on Thursday morning in a bid to better control the flow of migrants, while updated statistics provided by the Slovenian police indicate that the daily influx of migrants passing through Slovenia has been reduced in November compared to October.

From 16 October, when the re-routing of migrants started from the Croatian-Hungarian border to the Croatian-Slovenian border, until Thursday, 12 November, a total of 188,050 migrants passed through Slovenia. Of them 116,627 entered the country in the last 13 days of October, while 72,000 arrivals were registered in the first 12 days of November, which means that the daily intake has fallen from 9,000 to some 5,500.

On Wednesday Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec justified the border fence as a necessary technical barrier because Slovenia is anticipating a surge of migrants in the coming days. Slovenia had expected some 30,000 migrants on Wednesday and Thursday

However, some Slovenian media said on Thursday that the mention of the surge of 30,000 migrants was necessary to portray the barbed wire fence as a necessary measure.

"This has been a media spin and an attempt to raise the temperature in the public and a pre-emptive justification for stricter border controls," said Ali Zerdin, a columnist in the Ljubljana-based "Delo" newspaper.

Some media speculate that Cerar agreed to the fence erection out of fear that Slovenia might be kicked out of the Schengen Area.

Last update: Tue, 08/12/2015 - 12:33

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