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    Thousands of Migrants Reach Slovenia Through New Route
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    Slovenian police stand guard as a train coming from Croatia's Tovarnik arrives in Sentilj, Slovenia after they crossed Slovenia - Croatia border on October 17, 2015. Refugees headed to Austria after Hungary closed its borders with Croatia.

    Thousands of migrants surged into tiny Slovenia on Saturday as an alternative route opened in Europe for them after Hungary sealed its border for their free flow, adding another hurdle in their frantic flight from wars and poverty toward what they hope is a better life in Western Europe, NBC News reported.

    The closure of Hungary's border with Croatia early Saturday caused redirection of thousands of people — including women and small children soaked in cold rain — further west toward Croatia's border with Slovenia. 

    The small European Union-member state has limited capacity to process large numbers wishing to head toward richer European Union countries such as Germany, Austria or Sweden.

    This could leave thousands stranded in Croatia and further east and south in Serbia and Macedonia — the countries on the so-called Balkan migrant corridor.