(AP) — The latest news as tens of thousands of people fleeing war or poverty make their way across Europe. All times local.
Hungary is sending 50 police officers to Slovenia to help its neighbor with the large flow of migrants traveling through the country.
Interior Minister Sandor Pinter told the officers at a farewell ceremony on Monday that by defending the Slovenian border they were protecting Hungary and Europe, too.
Fences erected by Hungary on its borders with Serbia and Croatia have diverted thousands of migrants a day toward Slovenia as they seek to reach Germany and other destinations further west in the European Union.
Over the past weeks, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland have sent personnel and equipment to Hungary to help with border control. Over 390,000 migrants have entered Hungary this year, but the razor-wire fences guarded by police and military patrols have practically stopped the migrant flow through Hungary.
Austria’s foreign minister is calling for a two-pronged approach to master the migrant crisis — reducing the inflow of those fleeing war and hardship and integrating those who come.
Sebastian Kurz says that without such an approach Germany, Sweden and Austria — the first countries of choice for many refugees — will not be able to cope.
Kurz spoke to reporters Monday at a Vienna conference of senior EU and U.S officials dealing with immigration.
He says he expects 85,000 migrants to come to Austria this year, with up to 25,000 of them likely to be granted asylum.