Slovenia has called on the army to assist police as hundreds of asylum seekers arrive in the Schengen member state via Croatia. The move follows Hungary's decision to lock down its border with Croatia.
Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar said on Saturday that the government has paved the way for the country's military to support police as they manage the influx of refugees crossing the border by way of Croatia.
"The army's assistance does not mean there is an extraordinary situation in Slovenia, but that the government wants to manage the situation at the border. It will only assist police with logistics and equipment," Cerar said during a press conference following a national security council meeting.
"We are going to focus even more on safety and security and order, so our country can function normally," Cerar added.
However, the prime minister reiterated Ljubljana's position that if Germany or Austria closed their borders, "Slovenia will follow suit."
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on EU countries to express more solidarity by implementing a cohesive plan to address the wave of migration. However, her open-door policy has come under increased scrutiny from conservative allies.