Backlog of migrants swells in the Balkans, tempers fray

A Syrian refugee tries to keep his children warm after being rescued by Greek fishermen on the Greek island of LesbosBy Aleksandar Vasovic and Marja Novak BERKASOVO, Serbia/LJUBLJANA (Reuters) – The Balkans struggled with a growing backlog of migrants on Monday after Hungary sealed its southern border and Slovenia tried to impose a limit, leaving thousands stranded on cold, rain-drenched borders where tempers frayed. Having declared it would accept only 2,500 per day, Slovenia said 5,000 had arrived from Croatia on Monday. “Croatia is ignoring our pleas, our plans,” Bostjan Sefic, state secretary at Slovenia’s interior ministry, told a news conference, saying the army would be called in to help if such a rate continued.

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