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Cerar: EU has caught the last train to resolve the refugee crisis

25.09.2015

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In the past week, Slovenia tackled the arrival of increased numbers of refugees and migrants well. Over 3,000 persons had arrived in the country by Tuesday. All were treated with dignity and received basic humanitarian assistance. At the moment, there are neither migrants nor refugees in Slovenia, as everyone but 23 asylum seekers proceeded to Austria and Germany after getting some rest.

Even with a good migration policy, no country can withstand such migratory pressure for very long, which is why Slovenia has been urging for a long time that a common European policy be found. According to PM Cerar, the recent extraordinary EU summit is the last train to resolve the crisis.

On the sidelines of the summit, PM Cerar received many commendations for Slovenia’s response when faced with the mass arrival of refugees and migrants. In the main discussion, he explicitly said that when resolving the issue, the EU must devote a lot of attention to the countries of origin and transit countries, and particularly mentioned the countries of the Western Balkans, as relations in the region are still very sensitive. He stressed that while the envisaged measures are short- to medium term, they signify the first major shift in resolving the issue. Although Slovenia is mainly considered a transit country, it will continue to act responsibly and strive for a comprehensive approach to resolving the issue at EU level in accordance with the principles of solidarity and humanitarianism.

Given the situation in Slovenia's neighbours Hungary and Croatia, an even greater number of refugees and migrants can be expected to arrive in the next few days. The Slovenian authorities have long stressed that the wave of migration can be tackled only through good cooperation between neighbours. Therefore, there was great surprise when Hungary began to erect a fence on the Slovenian-Hungarian border. According to the interior and foreign ministers, Slovenia was not given prior notification of the measure.

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