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U.N. fears migrant backlog as refugees divert into Slovenia

Sunday, October 18, 2015 - 01:12

Refugees turn away from border-sealed Hungary and head to neighboring Slovenia, and the U.N. refugee agency warns of rising numbers of migrants getting stuck in transit in the Balkans as winter approaches. Pavithra George reports.

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A train full of migrants pulls into this train station in Slovenia... as they seek a new entryway into western Europe. Migrants heading to Hungary via Croatia are now being diverted west to Slovenia after Hungary shut down it southern border. The new route has brought new problems, with aid agencies fearing that the approaching winter would create a massive backlogs of migrants waiting to enter this alpine country, which -- like Hungary -- is also part of Europe's passport free Schengen zone. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UN REFUGEE AGENCY (UNHCR) SPOKESMAN, BABAR BALOCH, SAYING: "What we are seeing, that winter is here, and the numbers haven't got down. So more desperate people on the move. The winter is going to add to their suffering. So what we need is a mechanism where we would be able to help them from one border to another border." With Hungary blocked off, the journey to western Europe has also become longer - raising concerns about food and other supplies running low as migrants, such as these, camp out on the Croatia-Serbia border... waiting for their turn to enter Slovenia. All this, as EU nations struggle to find a solution to deal with the migrant crisis that shows no end in sight.

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U.N. fears migrant backlog as refugees divert into Slovenia

Sunday, October 18, 2015 - 01:12