LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) – Slovenia and Italy announced on Friday that they will soon begin joint police patrols along their shared border, which is on a route used by migrants trying to reach the Western Europe.
The patrols were announced after a meeting in Slovenia between Interior Minister Aleš Hojs and his Italian counterpart Luciana Lamorgese, the Slovenian STA news agency reported.
It was not immediately clear where the patrols will be deployed or how many officers will participate. Hojs said they could start in a month.
Migrants enter Slovenia from Croatia, then move on to Italy or Austria and other countries in the European Union. Thousands of people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East, Africa or Asia remain stranded in the Balkans waiting for a chance to reach their destinations.
Hojs said future joint patrols will be equipped with modern technology and use drones, according to the STA report. The idea is to uncover the most active smugglers and prevent illegal border crossings by trucks and other vehicles, Hojs said.
Migration to wealthier countries in the EU normally accelerates in summer, when weather conditions are milder.
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