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From midnight, migrations on the Western Balkans route will not be possible in the same way they have been thus far

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Yesterday, on 7 March 2016, EU heads of state or government adopted a statement committing them to fully implement the decisions of the European Council of 18 and 19 February 2016 which state that the Schengen Borders Code should be fully applied again and that the existing mode of migration along the Western Balkans route should come to an end. This means that the following persons will be able to enter Slovenia:

  • foreigners meeting the conditions to enter the country
  • persons expressing the intention to apply for international protection in Slovenia,
  • individuals who will be allowed to enter for humanitarian reasons defined in the Schengen Borders Code.

From midnight, the Slovenian police will no longer apply the provisions of the joint statement signed at the meeting in Zagreb, and has already duly notified the police forces of other countries on the Western Balkans route. In addition, the interior minister, Vesna Györkös Žnidar, has already discussed this with her counterparts in Austria and Croatia.