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Balkan-route emergency

· More than 9,000 migrants and refugees stuck between the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece ·

More than 9,000 migrants and refugees are stuck between the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece. The situation on the so-called Balkan route – one of the main entrance points into central Europe – is becoming increasingly critical.

A summit of the countries involved (Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) and Turkey is scheduled for March. Turkey is taking part since it is considered a key ally to managing the emergency. Today the UN High Commissioner for Refugees expressed his “concern for recent restrictive practices adopted in a certain number of European countries” which inflict “excessive inconveniences for refugees and those requesting exile” and who “are creating chaos in various points on intra-European borders”. In fact, yesterday night, the Slovenian Parliament voted to allow the army to aid the police in controlling the flow of arrivals at the border. The measure was approved shortly before midnight, after nine hours of debate. Sixty-nine voted in favor and five against. The vote authorizes the military to perform police functions for the next three months. Troops were deployed to the border one week ago and at the moment they are not set to increase in number.

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