Migrant children line up as they walk along a border fence after they crossed the Slovenian-Austrian border, near the village of Spielfeld, Austria, 16 February 2016 | Photo: EPA/CHRISTIAN BRUNA
Migrant children line up as they walk along a border fence after they crossed the Slovenian-Austrian border, near the village of Spielfeld, Austria, 16 February 2016 | Photo: EPA/CHRISTIAN BRUNA

The Slovenian Constitutional Court has scrapped an article of an immigration law that allowed the country to limit foreigners' access after a vote in parliament in the event of a migrant crisis.

The Slovenian Constitutional Court has ruled to scrap a controversial article of an immigration law that allowed strong restrictions on the access of foreigners in the event of particularly intense migrant flows, as were registered in 2015 and 2016. 

The sentence, which was published on Monday, eliminates three paragraphs of the law that would have prevented specific cases from being examined individually. 

The legislation 

The controversial amendment to the immigration law was approved by the country's National Assembly in January 2017 and came into effect on February 4. Under the amendment, special measures could be approved to limit the access of foreigners after a vote in Parliament.

Then-interior minister Vesna Gyoerkoes Nidar assured parliament, when the legislation was presented, that it had been written as a measure of last resort if Slovenia were to be unable to apply legislation on international protection in the event of a migrant crisis.

Over 20 human rights organizations had called for the legislation to be scrapped, saying it went against the principles of the constitution, which rejects discrimination and guarantees equal rights and the principle of non-refoulement, among others.

28 detained at the border with Croatia

During the weekend Slovenian police in the district of Koper reported the arrest of 28 migrants who were trying to enter the country from Croatia, according to a police statement. According to the statement, 10 people were apprehended in Bistrica as they were trying to cross the border illegally, nine in Koper, six in Kosina and three in Piran.
 

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