Macedonia closes border to illegal migrants

Macedonia has closed its border completely to illegal migrants after Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia announced tight new restrictions on migrant entry, a police official said.

Thousands of migrants have built up on the Greek side of the Macedonian border.

Macedonia had been allowing small numbers of Syrians and Iraqis through but stopped this after its neighbours tightened up their policies.

According to the Macedonian Interior Ministry, no migrants or refugees entered from Greece yesterday.

“Macedonia will act according to the decisions taken by other countries on the Balkan route,” an Interior Ministry spokesman said, referring to the main routes taken by more than a million migrants and refugees to reach the European Union over the last year.

Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia said yesterday they would place new restrictions on the entry of migrants.

Around 1,000 migrants and refugees remain stranded in a refugee camp on the Macedonian side of the Serbian border while more than 400 are stranded in “No Man’s Land” between Serbia and Macedonia.

They refuse to go back to Macedonia and are not being allowed to cross in to Serbia.

http://www.rte.ie/news/2016/0309/773615-eu-migrants-refugees/

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