Removal of razor wire on border with Croatia starts next week

Ljubljana – The Slovenian Armed Forces will start removing razor wire from the border with Croatia next week, Interior Minister Tatjana Bobnar announced on Friday after the government adopted a resolution to that effect.

“The most effective migration policy is to provide lawful and hence safe and regulated migrations,” Bobnar said.

The removal of razor wire on the border was one of the government’s first promises when it took office and a central campaign point of the ruling Freedom Movement.

Bobnar said that the border will be protected with other means, including enhanced police presence on the border and inland.

This will be coupled with fast and effective asylum proceedings for all persons entitled to international protection.

According to Bobnar, asylum seekers must be systematically integrated in society and the labour market and they have to be taught the Slovenian language.

She expects the army to remove about 200 metres of razor wire a day, which means the project could take 150 days.

The border fence was set up after the 2015/16 migration crisis under the Miro Cerar government amid strong human rights concerns.

Bobnar said the fence had been erected as a temporary solution and it was unacceptable that it become a permanent part of migration policy since migrations are not criminal per se, they are a permanent feature of modern societies.