Italy and Slovenia start joint border patrols

Goals include protecting border with Croatia

01 July, 17:45

    A joint Italian-Slovenian border patrol began on Monday (PHOTO by Cristiana Missori) A joint Italian-Slovenian border patrol began on Monday (PHOTO by Cristiana Missori)

    LJUBLJANA - A joint Italian-Slovenian border patrol officially began Monday, with a crowded press conference at the former Lipica border crossing in the presence of directors from both police forces.
    The main aim of the cross-border collaboration between the police forces is to fight secondary movement in illegal immigration, according to a statement released by the Slovenian police.
    As of June 29, the Slovenian police had registered 5,306 illegal crossings, compared to 3,612 in 2018.
    Italian authorities sent 146 migrants back to Slovenia, most of whom were from Afghanistan, Algeria, and Pakistan; compared to a total of 158 in 2018.
    The statement said an agreement was made last week during a meeting at the Trieste police school to have four joint patrols per week: three in the area of Trieste and Koper, and one along a 10-kilometre stretch in the Gorizia area.
    The interior minister of Slovenia told ANSA that another goal of the initiative is to send a signal showing effective control of the Slovenian border with Croatia, to discourage attempts by smugglers and illegal migrants to reach Italy.
    The Ljubljana government said this month it will prepare a complete strategy for managing migrant flows, both regular and irregular, as set forth in a government agreement signed a year ago.
    The government maintains that the migratory phenomenon must be faced from a multi-level standpoint with cross-sector collaboration and a long-term vision.

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