Migrants enter a bus at the Slovenian-Croatian border town of Lendava

Migrants have begun arriving in Slovenia by bus from Croatia, after Hungary shut its border with Croatia to try to stem the numbers arriving en route to western Europe.

Hungary closed its frontier, reinforced with a razor-wire fence, at midnight local on Friday.

Many of the migrants aim to continue north to Austria and Germany.

Earlier EU leaders failed to agree a plan backed by Hungary to send a force to prevent migrants reaching Greece.

Hungary?s closure of its border with Croatia comes just a month after it shut its frontier with Serbia, which was another transit route to western Europe.

Until Friday night, 5,000 to 8,000 people were being allowed across Hungary every day, without registration, bound for Austria.

There are fears in Slovenia that the latest border closure will channel many more migrants through the country.

Extra police had been deployed to the border with Croatia, Slovene interior minister, Vesna Gjorkos Znidar, said.

But the country will keep accepting refugees as long as Austria and Germany?s borders remain open, she said.

Slovenia?s national security council is due to meet on Saturday.


Hungarian soldiers close border with Croatia near village of Zakany. 17 October, 2015

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Image captionAt midnight Hungarian soldiers sealed the border with Croatia

Tens of thousands of migrants have already crossed from Croatia into Hungary in an attempt to reach western Europe

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Image captionTens of thousands of migrants have already crossed from Croatia into Hungary in an attempt to reach western Europe

The past month has seen some 3,000 migrants pass through Slovenia, Reuters reported. Slovenia has said it was in a position to accommodate up to 8,000 migrants per day.

Late on Friday, several hundred migrants who arrived near the village of Zakany minutes before the deadline were the last to be allowed through.

?Closure!? a soldier shouted after the last travellers had passed across.

?We know that this is not the best, but only the second-best solution,? Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said, announcing the closure earlier. Migrants could still apply for asylum in Hungary at two border transit zones, he added.

The border posts at Beremend and Letenje are also open for anyone with valid documents.

Croatia?s Interior Minister, Ranko Ostojic, said his country was ?turning the route, the corridor, towards Slovenia?.

But it had not struck any agreement with Slovenia, according to Mr Ostojic. ?This is (purely) a Croatian plan.?

In response, Slovenia stopped all passenger rail transport from Croatia, the country?s national railway company announced.

Nearly 600,000 migrants have reached the EU by sea so far this year, many of them travelling from Turkey.

Source: BBC


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