Slovenia will reinforce its border with Croatia and by putting up more fencing to stem the number of illegal crossings, the interior ministry said on Tuesday. Since 2015, Slovenia has erected about 196 kilometers of fencing along its 670-kilometer-long border with its eastern neighbour.
In an April 14 announcement, the ministry said it would add 40 kilometers of temporary fencing to the country's border in 2020, but did not specify where.
In the first two months of 2020, police reported 1,165 illegal crossings of the border, almost 80 percent more than in the same period of last year.
Although both Slovenia and Croatia are members of the European Union, the latter is not part of the border-free Schengen Area, which guarantees the free movement of EU citizens. Last year, Slovenia therefore said it intended to install new fences “in areas where there is an urgent need to prevent illegal border crossings and to protect our citizens and their property."
During the refugee crisis of 2015 and 2016 about half a million migrants passed through the country in a period of six months on their way through the Balkans towards wealthier western European countries.