Winter has not stemmed the flow of people leaving their homes in search of refuge.
Regardless of the conditions, with the Syrian civil war intensifying, there’s little or no sign yet of an end in sight. For some that means walking through the Macedonian countryside in temperatures as low as minus 19 degrees.
For others, the journey to Europe is by sea but no less treacherous.
Having landed in Greece, they’re transported to the Macedonian border with Serbia where after being registered they can remain for 72 hours.
Record number of arrivals
2015 saw a record number of arrivals in Europe with more than million people seeking refugee or asylum. This year has already seen “47,000 people try to enter Europe by the Mediterranean, according to the French-based International Organisation for Migration
Now certain measures are in place to share the responsibility of care among member states. Some of the more richer EU countries, like Germany, France and Spain, are taking additional steps to shelter more people.