Slovenian refugee centres virtually empty

Slovenian reception centres were virtually empty on Friday and the last migrant entry from Croatia was registered on Wednesday, when 768 refugees arrived to Dobova by train, Slovenian police said.

Those migrants have already crossed into Austria, so the transit centre at the Sentilj/Spielfeld border crossing has only 25 migrants who were returned by Austrian police because they did not meet the entry requirements.

Slovenia's STA news agency said that a big tent on the Austrian side of border was currently empty. Graz police spokesman Fritz  Grundnig said they did not expect new migrants arriving via Slovenia today.

Slovenian police have still not decided whether to accommodate the migrants currently at Sentilj at the permanent alien centre in Postojna or try to send them back to Croatia, STA said.

As of today, Austria is enforcing new restrictions for the reception of migrants and refugees coming along the Balkan route. It remains unclear what effect the standstill in the refugee flow will have on Slovenia, which has announced tighter measures on the border with Croatia and the engagement of the army to defend the Schengen Area border as of next week.

Austria announced this week that it would accept a maximum 80 asylum applications per day, while other refugees would be sent to Germany if that was their final destination, sending the rest back to Slovenia.

Slovenian media said today that the government planned to impose daily quotas for the number of people who could apply for asylum, possibly to much less than 80 per day. Since mid-October, 472,000 migrants have crossed Slovenia and about 50 have requested asylum. Slovenian police claim there has been a mild increase in applications in the past few days.

Last update: Fri, 19/02/2016 - 15:03

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