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Greece: Somali, Iranian refugees protest at Idomeni demanding entry into Macedonia02:27

Greece: Somali, Iranian refugees protest at Idomeni demanding entry into Macedonia

Greece, Idomeni
December 7, 2015 at 13:07 GMT +00:00 · Published

Two similar peaceful protests were held at the Greek-Macedonian border near Idomeni, Monday, involving Iranian and Somali refugees which are being denied entry to the Balkan country.

Monday's protests were similar to previous protests held by Iranian and Moroccan refugees. About 50 Somali refugees held signs demanding entry into Macedonia and freedom of movement while chanting "Open the borders," during the first protest. The second protest was organised by Iranian refugees also demanding to be let into Macedonia, while also thanking the Greek police for their treatment so far. Both protests were short in duration, lasting only around 30 minutes each.

Macedonia's decision to toughen the criteria for approving entry into the country follows a tide of similar decisions made by several European countries, including EU members, to allow only 'war-zone refugees' entry in the wake of the Paris attacks that occurred on November 13. The legislation means that only Syrian and Afghani refugees are allowed access, while all other nationalities are barred from entry.

Macedonia is a key area in the transport of refugees as many of them arrive to Greece by boat, and continue their way northwards through Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary to reach mainly Germany. Police sources say 2,900 people entered Macedonia on Sunday, which is half the number of refugees granted transit through this Balkan country.

Greece: Somali, Iranian refugees protest at Idomeni demanding entry into Macedonia02:27
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Two similar peaceful protests were held at the Greek-Macedonian border near Idomeni, Monday, involving Iranian and Somali refugees which are being denied entry to the Balkan country.

Monday's protests were similar to previous protests held by Iranian and Moroccan refugees. About 50 Somali refugees held signs demanding entry into Macedonia and freedom of movement while chanting "Open the borders," during the first protest. The second protest was organised by Iranian refugees also demanding to be let into Macedonia, while also thanking the Greek police for their treatment so far. Both protests were short in duration, lasting only around 30 minutes each.

Macedonia's decision to toughen the criteria for approving entry into the country follows a tide of similar decisions made by several European countries, including EU members, to allow only 'war-zone refugees' entry in the wake of the Paris attacks that occurred on November 13. The legislation means that only Syrian and Afghani refugees are allowed access, while all other nationalities are barred from entry.

Macedonia is a key area in the transport of refugees as many of them arrive to Greece by boat, and continue their way northwards through Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary to reach mainly Germany. Police sources say 2,900 people entered Macedonia on Sunday, which is half the number of refugees granted transit through this Balkan country.