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Migrants: serious bottlenecks on Greece's northern border

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By Euronews  with Reuters, EBU
Migrants: serious bottlenecks on Greece's northern border
  • Thousands stranded northbound at border
  • Trains suspended due to taxi protest
  • FYROM authorities allow some migrants through

The news

An estimated 9000 migrants are stranded on the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).

Tempers are fraying over the slow passage of traffic over the border.

Dozens of buses packed with migrants have spent several days parked at petrol stations on the main highway running north from Greece.

Some have set out on foot for the border, where makeshift camps are at full capacity on either side.

The macedonian side

The macedonian authorities opened the border with Greece in the early hours of Thursday morning.

However, they are only letting small groups of migrants cross.

Rail transport from the macedonian border with Greece into the country is slowly resuming, as officials try to alleviate the growing backlog caused by protests on both sides of the border.

Taxi protest

Trains have been halted for several days due to a protest by macedonian taxi drivers.

They are angry that police have been directing migrants to trains and buses for the journey north to Serbia and on to western Europe.

It is not clear if or how the taxi dispute has been resolved.

However, a train left the border town of Gevgelija on Thursday morning.

The Greek side

Traffic has also been disrupted on the Greek side by farmers protesting over a planned pension reform to satisfy international creditors.

Migrants in numbers

  • 60% – how many of the migrants are women and children (more)
  • 62,000 – migrant arrivals in Greece in January (more)
  • 91,671 – migrant arrivals in Germany in January (more)

What they are saying

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