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Greece: Thousands still wait to cross border into Macedonia01:14

Greece: Thousands still wait to cross border into Macedonia

Greece, Near Idomeni
August 22, 2015 at 06:00 GMT +00:00 · Published

New groups of migrants and refugees arrived at the Idomeni border crossing on Saturday morning, joining thousands of others who are still waiting to cross into Macedonia.

Despite the Macedonian police promising to keep the border open, allowing people to cross every two hours, so far only a few hundred people have been given passage into the country. On Friday several people were injured, as Macedonian security forces used stun grenades and tear gas against the migrants and refugees who were trying to enter the country from Greece.

Up to 44,000 people have reportedly travelled through Macedonia in the past two months, but they rarely stay to apply for asylum and instead tend to make their way to northern Europe. According to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees figures, Greece has received 124,000 migrants this year, mainly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, with 50,000 people arriving in July alone.

Greece: Thousands still wait to cross border into Macedonia01:14
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New groups of migrants and refugees arrived at the Idomeni border crossing on Saturday morning, joining thousands of others who are still waiting to cross into Macedonia.

Despite the Macedonian police promising to keep the border open, allowing people to cross every two hours, so far only a few hundred people have been given passage into the country. On Friday several people were injured, as Macedonian security forces used stun grenades and tear gas against the migrants and refugees who were trying to enter the country from Greece.

Up to 44,000 people have reportedly travelled through Macedonia in the past two months, but they rarely stay to apply for asylum and instead tend to make their way to northern Europe. According to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees figures, Greece has received 124,000 migrants this year, mainly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, with 50,000 people arriving in July alone.