Asylum Route: Greece is being fenced out of Europe

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Migrants and refugees walk outside their tents at the borderline between Greece and The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, near Idomeni village, northern Greece, 29 November 2015. The Macedonian Army had on 16 November begun clearing terrain as it prepared the ground for a possible fence along the Greek border that would slow the flow of refugees crossing its terrain. The engineering units of the FYROM army started putting up the fence expected to be finished within 24 hours and to be over four kilometers. Officials Skopje state that the border will stay open and all the refugees that are from the regions overrun with military conflicts will be let through. FYROM, Serbia and Croatia had started restricting access to migrants on the Balkan route to Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans. It is a part of a joint effort to reduce the number of asylum seekers streaming into the European Union.

Asylum Route: Greece is being fenced out of Europe


The numbers of migrants on Greece’s northern border are building up, following a policy shift from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). The army completed a fence running along the border over the weekend and has effectively stopped allowing immigrants from countries other than Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq to pass through.

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