Slovenia is due to receive the first 30 refugees and migrants from Greece under the European Union migrant relocation scheme, the Interior Ministry said Wednesday.

 

Refugees and migrants walk to cross the Slovenian-Austrian border on January
Refugees and migrants walk to cross the Slovenian-Austrian border on January

 

EU leaders in September approved the transfer of about 160,000 asylum seekers from Greece and Italy, where most of them arrived, to other EU states. So far less than 2,000 have been relocated.

 

The group of Syrians and Iraqis will arrive on Thursday and initially be placed in a center for asylum seekers in the capital Ljubljana, the ministry said.

 

Slovenia has committed itself last year to take and integrate altogether 587 migrants, or up to 50 per month till August 2017.

 

The chaotic arrival of more than a million migrants and refugees last year that has strained EU cohesion

 

From October until some Balkan countries closed their borders to migrants in March, nearly 500,000 migrants passed through Slovenia on their way to countries with more open refugee policies such as Germany and Sweden. Only a fraction requested an asylum in Slovenia.

 

 

 

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