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Hundreds more migrants force their way through Slovenian border into Austria

Published 30/10/2015

Migrants climb over a fence as they try to cross to Austria from Sentilj, Slovenia. (AP)
Migrants climb over a fence as they try to cross to Austria from Sentilj, Slovenia. (AP)

Hundreds of migrants, many holding children in their arms, have pushed through metal barriers and a police cordon to force their way into Austria from Slovenia.

Several people were seen collapsing amid the melee near the Slovenian border refugee camp in Sentilj.

A backlog of 4,000 people fleeing wars and poverty in the Middle East, Asia and Africa has been formed at the border as Austrian authorities struggle to process thousands arriving daily from Slovenia.

It comes after thousands of migrants pushed their way into Austria on Thursday after waiting for hours to cross.

Nearly 105,000 people have entered Slovenia in less than two weeks since Hungary sealed its border with Croatia.

Slovenia and Austria have discussed the possibility of building fences on their borders to control the massive influx of migrants and refugees.

Austrian police said the situation at the border is tense but under control.

Spokesman Leo Josefus said that providing transport further inland for thousands of asylum seekers arriving at the crossing is a priority.

He said: "We have a continuous stream of people from Slovenia, but it is under control."

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