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Slovenia and Croatia struggle to handle refugees after Hungary closes borders

Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 01:16

The UN refugee agency urges Croatia to keep its borders open to migrants, as Slovenia orders army to help maintain order, after Hungary seals its borders. Diane Hodges reports.

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By the busload, and the train load, the stream of refugees flowing into Europe is now heading toward Slovenia. The tidal wave was forced into the narrower channel when Hungary closed its borders overnight. Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar says his country will use the army to help maintain control. SOT: PRIME MINISTER OF SLOVENIA, MIRO CERAR, (MEYE-roh suh-RAH) SAYING: "It is important that we reinforce the police with army personnel who will be providing logistical support with transport and surveillance in border areas." But even this path will be blocked if Croatia closes its border too. UN refugee coordinator Irda Asqarova appealed to them not to do that. SOT: UNHCR COOORDINATR IRODA ASQAROVA, SAYING: "If the Croatian side closed the border, there will be a lot of crowd here, and I mean we canot predict anything except these people will keep neeeding help." To those who have already come from hundreds, or thousands, of miles, it makes little difference. SOT: MIGRANT FROM SYRIAN TOWN OF IDLIB, WAHID SHAMDI, SAYING: "Hungary, Slovenia whatever, we have to go, we have to go. We went, we came from Syria, to here, we stop one day, two day, three days whatever, we want to go, we want to go. We have a point, we have to go there. I have my family there." And so they board the buses, and hope to see better days ahead.

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Slovenia and Croatia struggle to handle refugees after Hungary closes borders

Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 01:16