Macedonia shuts border with Greece for migrants



    Macedonia shuts border with Greece for migrants

    March 9, Athens: Macedonia has closed its border with Greece aiming to control the migrant influx. It has effectively blocked the Balkan route north.

    The decision came after Slovenia barred access to migrants transiting the country. Croatia and Serbia then said they would follow suit.

    The moves come after the EU and Turkey set out a plan to ease Europe's biggest refugee crisis since World War Two.

    Under the plan, still to be finalised, all migrants arriving in Greece from Turkey would be sent back. For each Syrian returned, a Syrian in Turkey would be resettled in the EU.

    There have already been objections. The UN expressed concern at the plan on Tuesday, while Amnesty International called it a death blow to the right to seek asylum.

    Some 13,000 migrants are now stranded at the Macedonia-Greece border, reports said.

    Hundreds of thousands of migrants have travelled through Macedonia over the past year, heading north.

    The Oslo Times

     
     

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