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Germany and partners consider 'transit zones' for refugees

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her coalition partners have agreed some areas on how to deal with the refugee crisis but need more talks on other points following a meeting, a government spokesman said.

An extra 100,000 migrants and refugees will be taken to welcome centres to ease the crisis, after a deal agreed by European and Balkan state leaders during an emergency summit.

According to the UNHCR, more than 643,000 refugees and migrants from the Middle East, Africa and Asia have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe this year, with at least 3,135 known to have died en route.

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Slovenia: Croatia ignoring pleas to limit refugee flow

Refugees wait in the rain in Croatia at the border with Slovenia Credit: Reuters

About 5,000 refugees and migrants reached Slovenia from Croatia in a single day, the Slovenian interior ministry has said, accusing Croatia of ignoring its requests to contain the flow.

Bostjan Sefic, state secretary at Slovenia's interior ministry, said Germany was accepting fewer arrivals, meaning Austria was in turn was asking Slovenia to limit the number of refugees moving through its territory.

"So far about 5,000 migrants arrived in Slovenia today," Sefic told a news conference on Monday.

"We expect another train with 1,200 migrants, which would mean more than 6,000 today. Croatia is ignoring our pleas, our plans."

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