Migrants are escorted by Slovenian police towards the Slovenian-Austrian border crossing in Sentilj, Slovenia, 31 October 2015 | Photo: EPA/Gyorgy Varga
Migrants are escorted by Slovenian police towards the Slovenian-Austrian border crossing in Sentilj, Slovenia, 31 October 2015 | Photo: EPA/Gyorgy Varga

Slovenian police say they have prevented several attempted border crossings from Slovenia to Italy and from Croatia into Slovenia in recent days.

Slovenian police have stopped several attempts by migrants to cross the border into Italy as well as from Croatia into Slovenia. In one instance, Italian police detained a man who had crossed into Italy from Slovenia with 12 Bangladeshi nationals in his truck. Other attempts to cross the border between Slovenia and Croatia were reported, with dozens of migrants involved. 


Cases reported by police 

At the weekend, police said they apprehended nine Pakistani nationals, six Algerians, four Afghans, three Moroccans and five people of other nationalities. Some of them were taken back to the border and handed over to Croatian authorities. One person applied for international protection while another was hosted at a center for foreigners after Croatian authorities refused him permission to stay. An Albanian national was fined over the incident. 

Also at the weekend, Slovenian border police in the area of Novo Mesto detained 41 migrants who had attempted to cross the border. They included 20 Pakistanis, 11 Algerians, three Kuwaiti nationals and others from Morocco, Bangladesh, Libya and Tunisia, officials said. 

Arrested at the border with Croatia 

Police in Ljubljana released a statement saying that officers on Thursday night stopped a car with a Polish license plate, driven by a Ukrainian national, with three undocumented Pakistani citizens on board. The car was apprehended in the area of Koevje, south of the capital, near the border with Croatia. In the same area, officials on Saturday stopped a Bulgarian car with four Pakistanis on board. The driver was arrested.
 

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