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    Balkans Buckle Under Pressure of Migrant Push

    Cold weather isn’t stemming the flow. Despite hopes that falling temperatures might keep Europe-bound migrants in the south, an uptick in Syrian fighting is driving numbers north. Small Balkan states like Slovenia are bearing the brunt, thanks to Hungary shutting its borders. Officials thought they’d see 2,500 refugees a day, but 10,000 are coming through, overwhelming the mountainous enclave. Slovenia’s warning that it may be forced to build its own fence to keep the masses at bay — and Austria’s announcement that it’ll be fencing off its Slovenia border won’t help matters.

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