The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)reopened its borders to migrants on Thursday (January 21), but only those who declared Germany or Austria as a final destination on their entry documents.
At the Greece-FYROM border, more than 1,500 people have been stranded for up to two days. Migrants braved temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius to cross frozen Balkan borders en route to western Europe, visibly unprepared for winter and in increasing danger from the cold.
“I stayed in Greece for 20 days, I wait for my paper 20 days, in Greece, and waiting two days, in Thessaloniki and come to here, very cold, but the UNICEF are very good, big room all thing I need is here,” Syrian migrant Muhammad Saudi said.
In order to enter Macedonia, migrants were required to show an ID paper with a stamp and a written statement of their final destination, recorded by Greek officials.