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Balkans Face Refugee Buildup as Hungary Seals Croatia Border

  • Slovenia accepting 2,500 migrants from Croatia, near limit
  • Croatia says 5,000 halted at center, dozens in Serbia
Migrants walk to the border with Hungary after arriving from Croatia, as police seal the border.

Migrants walk to the border with Hungary after arriving from Croatia, as police seal the border.

Photographer: Arpad Kurucz/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
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Balkan countries struggled to contain the influx of refugees after Hungary extended a border closure on Saturday, stranding thousands in Croatia as the consequences of the action rippled across the region.

Slovenia accepted 2,500 migrants from Croatia during the weekend, near the maximum it can process, Bostjan Sefic, a state secretary at the country’s interior ministry, told reporters in Ljubljana Sunday. More than 5,000 refugees were waiting at a temporary reception center in Croatia, according to police data, while dozens more waited in neighboring Serbia to be allowed across the border, the Tanjug news service reported.