Migrant hotspot Slovenia pins hope on EU visit amid record influx

Migrants walk towards the Slovenian-Austrian border in Sentilj, Slovenia on October 21, 2015The EU’s migration commissioner is to visit new migrant hotspot Slovenia on Thursday to discuss its request for urgent support, as the small nation buckled under a record surge of refugees desperate to reach northern Europe before winter. Slovenia is now the main entry point into the passport-free Schengen zone on the migrant trail, after Hungary sealed its key southern borders with razor-wire fence to migrants. As Ljubljana struggles to cope with the influx, EU Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos is to visit Thursday to discuss its request for backup from police forces in other EU countries and financial assistance.

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