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Slovenia decreases refugee intake to 2,500

Slovenia has decreased the number of refugees entering the country to 2,500 per day, half of the number it had previously agreed with neighboring Croatia.

On Sunday, Slovenia’s Interior Minister Bostjan Sefic said that his country cannot accept Croatia’s appeal to take in 5,000 asylum seekers per dayarguing that Austria’s daily limit for refugee entrance into the country was 1,500.

“If we would accept 5,000 migrants per day that would mean 35,000 would be in Slovenia in 10 days” adding, “that would be unacceptable.”

Local media reported that there was not enough room in the country’s transit camps especially built for refugees since earlier this year.

Croatia and neighboring Slovenia agreed earlier this week that they would keep their borders open under the condition that Germany and Austria also do the same.

Police officers patrol along a new border fence at the Hungarian-Croatian border on October 17, 2015. (AFP)

The move came as Hungary shut down its southern border with neighboring Croatia in a bid to stop large numbers of desperate refugees from crossing into northern European countries.

Over 4,000 refugees were stuck in Croatia because of Slovenia’s policy to limit the entrance of refugees inside its borders.

According to the International Organization for Migration, over 600,000 people fleeing foreign-backed wars, terrorism, and unrest in the Middle East and North Africa have landed on European shores this year after making dangerous sea journeys from Turkey to Greece and across the Mediterranean to Italy.


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