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As Balkans route closes, 'migrants will seek other ways to Europe'

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As Balkans route closes, 'migrants will seek other ways to Europe'


Countries in eastern Europe are now on alert for any new migration routes opening up after the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia or “FYROM” announced it was closing its “border completely to illegal migrants:“

Its decision came after Slovenia barred access to migrants transiting its country and that Serbia and Croatia said they would follow suit.

In response analysts say that although the so-called Balkans route which emerged last year is now shut, other irregular migration patterns may emerge.

Hungary now says it is increasing security on its border with Romania.
“For the time being we do not experience influx of illegal migrants from the Romanian side, however the authorities will be prepared for that possibility to be able as quickly as possible to build a border fence if needed,” said Hungarian Interior Minister Sandor Pinter.

Around 13,000 migrants are now stranded on the Greek Macedonian border while the EU attempts to finalise a deal that could see them all returned to Turkey.

The UN’s refugee agency is preparing contingency plans for when new routes are forged.

In the meantime activists such as Chinese artist Ai Weiwei who visited the Idomeni migrant camp have urged European leaders to find a more permanent solution to the crisis.

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