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Thousands of migrants cross into Slovenia

Thereport24.com Desk:

Thousands of migrants are entering Slovenia from Croatia after Hungary closed its border to them, reports BBC.

Around 2,700 arrived in Slovenia on Saturday and more were expected overnight. Most aim to travel on to Austria, Germany and other countries.

Slovenia's army has been placed on standby to help police deal with the influx, Prime Minister Miro Cerar said.

He said Slovenia would accept the migrants as long as Austria and Germany kept their borders open.

Hungary said it closed its border with Croatia at midnight on Friday because European Union leaders had failed to agree a plan to stem the flow of asylum seekers.

Last month it also shut its frontier with Serbia, which was another transit route to Western Europe.

On Saturday, hundreds of refugees were bussed across Croatia, from its border with Serbia to its border with Slovenia.

Many had spent weeks walking through Greece, Macedonia and Serbia to reach the Croatian border.

Slovenian authorities registered them and then arranged transport to the Austrian frontier.

Slovenia's official STA news agency later some of the migrants had already reached the Austrian border and were being registered at the Spielfeld crossing.

A spokeswoman for the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said most of the migrants crossing Slovenia were from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

"They are fleeing from war... they are literally running for their lives," Caroline van Buren told AFP news agency at the Petisovci checkpoint.

Ends/thereport24.com/MI/Oct 18, 2015