European Countries to Deploy 400 Policemen in Slovenia to Tackle Migrants

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Migrants walk along in the sunset after crossing into Hungary from the border with Serbia near Roszke, Hungary, August 30, 2015. About 100,000 migrants, many of them from Syria and other conflict zones in the Middle East, have taken the Balkan route into Europe this year, heading via Serbia for Hungary and Europe's Schengen zone of passport-free travel. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

European leaders on a meeting on refugee flows to the EU states agreed to deploy additional 400 policemen in Slovenia.

European leaders on a meeting on refugee flows to the EU states along the Western Balkans agreed to deploy additional 400 policemen in Slovenia, a statement of the leaders published by the European Commission said.

Earlier in October, Slovenia asked the European Union to provide additional police forces to help regulate the influx of refugees entering the country.

“[Border management procedures will include] the deployment in Slovenia within a week of 400 police officers and essential equipment through bilateral support,” the statement said Sunday.

Earlier on Sunday, the leaders of 11 European countries, as well as EU agencies agreed on a 17-point plan to cope with Western Balkans migration flows.

In recent months, Europe has been facing a major influx of migrants fleeing war-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The Western Balkans are one of the most-used routes into the European Union for migrants and asylum seekers.

Over 710,000 migrants arrived in the European Union within the first nine months of 2015, according to the EU border agency Frontex.

 

 

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