EU concerned over fragmentation of Balkan migration route


Refugees, among them many children, queue for supplies at a camp at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), near Idomeni, northern Greece, 09 March 2016. Greece estimates that more than 25,000 migrants are presently on its territory, with more than half stuck at the makeshift camp Idomeni, on the border with Macedonia. The EU and Ankara are negotiating a scheme to return migrants from Greece to Turkey and directly resettle legitimate Syrian refugees across the bloc directly from Turkey. The deal would likely only apply to new arrivals, making the future of those already in Greece unclear.

Putting hopes on Western Balkan cooperation, European Commission is aware of Idomeni-like situations that could be formed in Albania and Bulgaria.

As the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece Idomeni border situation remains difficult, the European Commission today denied that the EU has moved on to crisis management mode from trying to provide a "comprehensive solution. “We are doing both”, answered Alexander Winterstein, Deputy Chief Spokesperson, reassuring the press at today's briefing.

The European Commission appears worried over the development of alternative migration routes, passing via Albania - Italy and Bulgaria, s...

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