Dramatic footage captured by a drone shows a large column of illegal immigrants marching past fields in Rigonce, Slovenia, after passing through neighboring Croatia.
More than 60,000 migrants have entered the country over the last week. Slovenia is a small country with a population of 2 million people.
Amid arguments over the who is to blame for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants streaming into Europe from the Middle East and Africa, the prime minister of Slovenia, Miro Cerar, issued an urgent call for emergency talks in Brussels.
Cerar said the crisis may destroy the European Union.
He also said Croatia is allowing the migrants to pass into Slovenia without notifying authorities there.
“If we don’t find a solution today, if we don’t do everything we can today, then it is the end of the European Union as such,” he said.
“If we don’t deliver concrete action, I believe Europe will start falling apart.”
It is estimated nearly 700,000 immigrants have entered Europe so this year and the figure is expected to exceed one million by the end of the year. Some observers say the number is far higher.
Leaders in Eastern Europe are especially critical of the influx of migrants and blame Germany for the crisis because of its liberal attitude toward and welcoming of migrants.