Slovenia given considerable humanitarian aid for refugees


In recent days, Slovenia has been given considerable amounts of humanitarian aid for migrants and refugees passing through that country, Slovenia’s Interior Ministry official Bostjan Sefic said on Monday, expressing gratitude to countries and international organisations that donated the aid.

Visiting the Sentilj transit centre near the border with Austria, Sefic said that warehouses near the centre were full, however, demand for sleeping bags and witner clothes was still high.

The UNHCR has promised a donation of container homes for migrants, and also a field infirmary is likely to be set up near the Sentilj centre, said Sefic, who is in charge of coordinating the management of the refugee influx.

He said that Ljubljana was considering rerouting refugees through Gornja Radgona, also near the frontier with Austria, in a bid to alleviate the situation in Sentilj where the centre can cater for 2,000 people, but it has been so far often overcrowded.

The official said that there were signs of the migrant crisis abating.

To date, some 130,000 migrants have passed through Slovenia on their way to western and northern Europe, and a daily influx has been 6,000-8,000.

The figures processed by the Slovenian police show that of those 130,000 arrivals, every second has been a male adult, and others have been women and children. The majority of those refugees and migrants have been Syrians, and while Afghans are the second most numerous ethnic group among those passing through Slovenia, and they are followed by Iraqis and Pakistanis.