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Thousands of desperate migrants en route to the EU since Saturday

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By Euronews
Thousands of desperate migrants en route to the EU since Saturday

<p>Thousands of migrants have made their way through no man’s land from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia into Serbia. </p> <p>Most have fled conflict and upheaval in Syria and Iraq. </p> <p>Many hope to travel through Serbia into EU member state Hungary. Once there, they can travel freely across the many of Europe’s internal borders. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Western Balkan migrant route to the EU <a href="http://t.co/lUVfZukWiW">pic.twitter.com/lUVfZukWiW</a></p>— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) <a href="https://twitter.com/AFP/status/635841508231376897">August 24, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>“I’m expecting just to cross, I just want to cross to continue my journey, just want to cross,” said Ahmed, who travelled from Syria. “My final destination is Germany, hopefully,” he added.</p> <p>Despite Hungary building a border fence to stem the flow, that is where they are headed. It is a gateway to Germany, Sweden and other countries through Europe’s visa-free Schengen zone.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">And so trip continues – refugees and migrants crowd parts of the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Serbian?src=hash">#Serbian</a> town of Presevo – waiting for rides north <a href="http://t.co/hYqIeH2i5p">pic.twitter.com/hYqIeH2i5p</a></p>— Julián Miglierini (@julianmig) <a href="https://twitter.com/julianmig/status/635792505884311553">August 24, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>A makeshift reception centre in the southern Serbian town of Presevo has seen more than 7,000 people since Saturday.</p> <p>The United Nations refugee agency (<span class="caps">UNHCR</span>) said many had spent three desperate days on Greece’s northern border before continuing.</p> <p>The Presevo centre will give them medical aid, food, and papers to legalise their increasingly desperate journey deep into Europe.</p>