Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar gives a joint press conference with his Czech counterpart (not in picture) on January 23, 2017 in Prague. / AFP / Michal Cizek
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Slovenia on Thursday approved a bill allowing police to seal the border with Croatia to migrants in case of a new influx along the so-called Balkan route, sparking condemnation from rights groups.The bill mirrors tough measures adopted over the past two years by neighbouring Hungary and Austria following the eruption in 2015 of Europe's worst migration crisis since World War II.Slovenia -- which controls 670 kilometres (417 miles) of the Schengen visa-free area's external border -- became a key transit country in late 2015 when Hungary closed its borders to asylum seekers.Thursday's bill passed with 47 votes for and 18 against in the 90-seat parliament.
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