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Limiting of refugee rights dominates Amnesty 2016 report

According to the annual report of human rights NGO Amnesty International for Slovenia -  positive news from Slovenia included the enshrining of the right to clean water in the Constitution and the adoption of new civil-union and anti-discrimination legislation, the anti-refugee sentiment escalated throughout the year and culminated in the adoption of contentious changes to the aliens act in ea

EU nations to keep Balkan migrant route shut

Interior and defense ministers from 13 European countries have agreed to come up with new measures to ensure that the overland route from Greece remains shut for migrants seeking new lives in other EU nations.

Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka and Defense Minister Hans Peter Doskozil say the officials decided to draw up a plan by April for the so-called West Balkans route.

Slovenia's PM: There Is New Migrant Route

Slovenia's Prime Minister Miro Cerar has warned that there is a new route for illegal migrants who want to reach Europe.

"There is a new migrant route through the peninsula of Istria in the Adriatic Sea," said Cerar during an informal meeting of the European Council which was held in Malta.

Slovenia passes law allowing migrant border pushbacks

Slovenia on Jan. 26 approved a bill allowing police to seal the border with Croatia to migrants in case of a new influx along the so-called Balkan route, sparking condemnation from rights groups.

Slovenia Aliens Act Proposal Worries Croatia

Slovenian plans to toughen its procedures for receiving refugees and asylum seekers worries activists and migrant experts in Croatia, where it is feared that the changes could cause additional problems.

Experts told BIRN that Slovenia's move would endanger the rights and security of refugees traveling to Western Europe along the "Balkan route" but would not end migration per se.

Slovenia Toughens Law to Prevent Another Influx of Migrants

BELGRADE - Slovenia's government approved amendments to its law on foreigners Thursday to enable police to seal the country's borders to illegal migrants for a limited period if needed.

EU's Juncker warns Turkey's Erdoğan on visa deal

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered a personal warning to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Nov. 8 saying that he would be held responsible if Ankara fails to meet EU criteria for granting Turks visa-free travel. 

Stefanovic, Vulin, Znidar discuss migrant crisis

BELGRADE - Serbian Deputy PM and Minister of Interior Nebojsa Stefanovic and Minister of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs Aleksandar Vulin discussed the migrant crisis with Slovenian Minister of Interior Vesna Gyorkos Znidar in Belgrade Monday.

Vucic: No open issues between Serbia, Slovenia

BELGRADE - Serbia's relations with Slovenia are improving all the time - economic cooperation is on an upward trajectory and there are almost no open issues between the two countries, with the exception of some segments of succession, PM Aleksandar Vucic said Monday.

Slovenia's Border Fence Alarms Migrant Experts in Croatia

Slovenia's decision to erect metal panels and other barriers on its border with Croatia, to tackle a potential surge in refugees, will increase people-smuggling and could lead to violence, Croatian experts have said.

Cultural institutes make Ljubljana a cultural crossroad

The institutes are currently planning a number of interesting events.

Offering rich cultural programmes and a wide range of language courses, the institutes give both children and adults a chance to get acquainted with a foreign culture and pursue a language certificate to learn the culture's language.

Albania Fears Joining New Refugee Route

A steady trickle of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa refugees make their way toward West Europe through Albania - now the former "Balkan route" through Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary has all but closed.