Two important updates today on Europe’s refugee crisis: First, Slovenia started building a fence along its border with Croatia to limit the flow of extralegal migrants entering the country, and, second, in Malta, European and African leaders met to discuss the refugee crisis.
Because Hungary built a fence along its southern border with Serbia, the refugee route has shifted westward into northern Croatia. From there refugees where entering Slovenia at the rate of 6000 per day. From there most migrants would then move (or be moved by Slovenian officials) into Austria, not just because that country was more welcoming to extralegal migrants but also because of its proximity to Germany, the goal of many refugees-migrants. A story in this morning’s UK Telegraph—along with a good map of the migrant route—will be found here.
At least three issues are being discussed at the meeting between European and African leaders: Can improved conditions in African countries reduce the flow of migrants into Europe; can Mediterranean coastal African countries inhibit the flow of migrants into and out of their countries; and, third, how will African countries deal with extralegal migrants who don’t qualify for amnesty in Europe and are then returned to their home countries? The NY Times has that story here.