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Slovenia to Deploy Its Army to Deal with "Refugees"

Slovenia to Deploy Its Army to Deal with "Refugees"

APTOPIX Slovenia Migrants

By Krishnadev Calamur for The Atlantic

Slovenia’s parliament is expected to approve the use of the army to manage the flow of migrants and refugees entering the tiny former Yugoslav republic.

Two-thirds of the country’s parliament must vote to approve the use of the army. The change will remain in effect for three months.

Officials say 18,469 migrants and refugees (for an explantation on how the two differ, see here) entered the country since last Friday (October 16); 5,092 people crossed the border on Tuesday. The migrants and refugees who are entering from Croatia are overwhelming the country, Prime Minister Miro Cerar said.

“It is wrong to foster the illusion that it is possible for a small nation of two million people to stop, solve and rectify a situation where even much bigger EU member states have failed,” he said in comments that were reported by the BBC.

Slovenia earlier opened its borders to most of the 5,000 people stranded along its frontier with Croatia. As my colleague Marina Koren reported Monday, the country had said it would only allow in 2,500 each day.

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