Armed guards are having a time of keeping the refugees in the transit camp…they brought in the army.
Austria’s Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner (pictured above) has called for “a fortress Europe” to protect the European Union (EU) and its external borders as tens of thousands of migrants flood into Austria from Slovenia. Her call was supported by the minister for foreign affairs and integration, Sebastian Kurz, who said he is not against building border fences.
Mrs. Mikl-Leitner made the comments after a visit to the tiny village of Spielfeld in Styria, where chaos has descended after the arrival of thousands of refugees and migrants, reports Steiermark News. On Thursday night police were forced to remove barricades at a refugee camp in Spielfeld in an effort to relieve pressure, allowing hundreds of people to spill into the surrounding area which is usually home to less than 1,000 local residents.
Slovenia says over 12,600 migrants have entered its territory over the past 24 hours. They want to travel onwards to Austria and then Germany and this has caused mayhem on nearby frontier crossings.
As Breitbart London has reported, the human tide is so big that Slovenia has asked the EU for police to help regulate the inflow.
Locals in Spielfeld have complained that they will not be able to cope with the expected 60,000 refugees who will arrive over the course of the next few days.
Around 900 police officers and soldiers are on duty to try and keep the situation under control.
Slovenia sees over 50,000 asylum-seekers enter in last week, says it’s overwhelmed,” Pekin Times, October 23, 2015
Slovenian police say more than 50,000 asylum-seekers have entered in the last week since the flow of those heading toward Western Europe was diverted by Hungary’s decision to close its border with Croatia.
Police said 9,000 people crossed from Croatia to Slovenia on Friday alone, while 11,000 still remain in the small Alpine nation’s several refugee centers.
Prime Minister Miro Cerar has toured the refugee camp at Brezice, which has been overloaded and where a fire broke out two days ago amid migrant discontent over their slow journey. Cerar describes the situation at Brezice as “stable,” but local authorities have asked that refugees be moved.
Slovenia, a country of 2 million, says it’s overwhelmed with the thousands of refugees coming its way.
The European Union says decisions by Austria and Germany to temporarily reintroduce border checks are an acceptable response to the arrival of thousands of asylum-seekers.
The EU’s executive Commission said Friday that both countries’ actions were “motivated by the serious threat to the internal security and public policy.”
Austria and Germany are part of the European passport-free zone known as the Schengen area, which allows nations to temporarily reintroduce ID checks in extraordinary circumstances. This routinely happens for major political or sports events but it’s the first time it has for mass movements of people.
The Commission welcomed Slovenia’s decision to halt temporary border checks and said Hungary’s move to reintroduce them would be assessed.
The International Office for Migration says Greece over the last week experienced the largest single weekly influx of migrants this year, at an average of some 9,600 per day.
The Geneva-based intergovernmental body says some 48,000 people crossed from Turkey to Greek islands “despite deteriorating weather conditions” from Oct. 17-21. IOM says over 27,000 arrived in Lesbos and another 9,750 in Chios, and “the influx has left many local authorities unprepared.”
In September, sea crossings mostly varied between 4,000 and 6,000 per day.
The agency reports that a total of 18 people died in two instances during the past week, including 14 off the island of Samos.
Overall, IOM estimates 680,928 people have crossed the Mediterranean this year…..
Courtesy of Pamela Geller.