Decision to close Slovenian borders will make life worse for children, says World Vision  

Wednesday 09, Mar, 2016

Tags: Refugees

Today’s announcement to restrict access for asylum seekers and refugees will only create bigger problems, especially for children, says aid agency World Vision.

“Closing the borders and restricting access to groups of refugees and migrants will only create more problems,”says Katharina Witkowski, World Vision operations manager in Serbia. 

“This move will create enormous difficulties for thousands of children whose biggest fear right now is to be sent back to their home countries. Denying them the opportunity to find a better life, a better chance at a good education, protection from harm and access to healthcare is denying them their most basic rights.”

The Slovenian government has announced it will no longer receive refugees and migrants without valid visas and passports. According to the Serbian Ministry of interior Affairs, this effectively means the closing of the Balkan route.

Witkowski says the move will only worsen the crisis and bring additional pain and suffering for those who fleeing conflict and persecution. 

European leaders have a legal and moral obligation to ensure that people seeking asylum attain protection of their rights regardless of their country of origin,”she says.

World Vision is providing urgent aid along the Serbian borders, focusing on mothers and children distributing baby kits, hygiene kits, rubber boots, raincoats, blankets, food and water, as well conducting child protection activities.

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