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Slovenia to ask EU for police back­up to cope with influx of migrants

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Slovenia said on Tuesday it would ask the European Union to send additional police forces to its border with Croatia to help it deal with thousands of migrants streaming into the tiny country on their way to Austria and beyond, Reuters reports.

About 19,500 migrants have entered Slovenia since Friday, the Interior Ministry said, when Hungary sealed its southern border, creating bottlenecks at Balkan border crossings as migrants attempted to find new routes through the region.

“We need fast assistance of the European Union,” President Borut Pahor told a news conference in Brussels after meeting European Council President Donald Tusk and EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker.

“Slovenia will formally ask for additional police forces to guard the border between Slovenia and Croatia and for financial help,” he said.

In the last two days, the former Yugoslav republic has deployed 140 soldiers to the border to assist the police, Interior Secretary of State Bostjan Sefic told reporters.

Asked if Slovenia could build a border fence like Hungary, Sefic said he could not exclude the possibility of “safeguarding border crossings with physical obstacles”.