Why Slovenia Closed Its Borders To Migrants10:56
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Syrian and Iraqi refugees trapped at the Greek-Macedonian borders stop an arriving train during their protest demanding the opening of the borders on February 28 , 2016. 
A number of Balkan countries have closed their borders to migrants. (Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images)
Syrian and Iraqi refugees trapped at the Greek-Macedonian borders stop an arriving train during their protest demanding the opening of the borders on February 28 , 2016. A number of Balkan countries have closed their borders to migrants. (Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images)
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Last month, Slovenia blocked migrants from passing through the country on the way to Germany and Western Europe, allowing only migrants who plan to apply for asylum in Slovenia or those with clear humanitarian needs to enter.

Other Balkan countries have followed suit, effectively shutting down a well-traveled route through the region.

Boštjan Šefic, State Secretary in the Slovenian Interior Ministry tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson nearly 600,000 people move through a nation of two million people.

Šefic says Slovenia doesn't have the resources to accommodate all the people who poured through. However, he says even though the borders have closed, the migration through the Western Balkans is not over.

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This segment aired on April 7, 2016.

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