As the flow of migrants continued towards Germany, Slovenia said it can not accept thousands of migrants a day. That is likely to cause a further backlog in people trying to reach Germany.
As migrants remained stranded between EU member states Croatia and Slovenia, Slovenian police prevented them from crossing the border.
“We cannot accept an unlimited number of migrants if we know they can not continue their journey,” explained Slovenia’s State Secretary Bostjan Sefic. “In a very short time, in maybe ten days, we would have 35,000 migrants in Slovenia, which is unacceptable for us.”
The Balkan migrant route was blocked over the weekend when Hungary closed its border to Croatia, forcing people through Slovenia towards Austria to get to Germany.
About 5,000 people a day are crossing from Greece into the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and then Serbia.
Croatia and Slovenia said they will not stop migrants from crossing their countries if Austria and Germany also keep their doors open.