Migrants wait in line at the Slovenian-Austrian border in Spielfeld, Austria | Photo: EPA/ERWIN SCHERIAU
Migrants wait in line at the Slovenian-Austrian border in Spielfeld, Austria | Photo: EPA/ERWIN SCHERIAU

Slovenian authorities are warning that they expect mass arrivals in the country over the next few months. Slovenia has already sent over 1,500 migrants back to Croatia since the start of 2019.

The Slovenian interior ministry says that over the next few months, it expects mass arrivals of migrants who are currently at the border between Bosnia and Croatia. This was reported by Croatian media, quoting Slovenian police sources. 

Slovenian police reportedly apprehended 2,585 migrants in 2019 as of April, a stark increase compared to 1,185 over the same period last year. 

Of the migrants apprehended this year, a total of 1,503 were sent back to Croatia. 

According to police estimates, approximately 4,000 to 5,000 migrants who are hoping to reach western Europe are currently located along the Balkan route, mainly in Bosnia. The majority are from Pakistan, Algeria and Morocco. 

Because Hungary has erected a fortified barrier along its southwestern border, migrants typically try to cross Croatia and Slovenia to get to western European countries like Austria, Germany or France. 
The different routes through the Balkans | Credit: DW
 

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