Macedonia

Macedonian Police Use Tear Gas on Migrants at Greek Border

ATHENS, April 10 – Macedonian police used tear gas to push back hundreds of migrants from a border fence on Sunday at a sprawling refugee camp on the Greek side of the frontier, a Reuters witness said. Tear gas was fired on a crowd of more than 500 people who had gathered at the fence

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It Felt Like a Death Machine, Says Migrant Forced Back to Greece

By Bushra Shakhshir IDOMENI, Greece, March 16 – It took Hassan Omar four long hours to cross into Macedonia, his wheelchair pushed by strangers across the muddy paths of Greece’s border – but a day later he found himself back at the squalid migrant camp he had left. Like scores of people, many from war zones

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Macedonia Dumps Migrants Back in Greece as EU-Turkey Deal Falters

By Ognen Teofilovski and Michele Kambas IDOMENI, Greece/NICOSIA, March 15 – Macedonia dumped about 1,500 migrants and refugees back into Greece overnight after they forced their way across the border, as European nations continued to pass the buck in a migration crisis that risks tearing the European Union apart. The police action was part of

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Five Iranians, Afghans Drown Trying to Reach Greece From Turkey

ISTANBUL, March 10 (Reuters) – Five migrants, including a baby, hoping to reach Europe via Greece drowned when their speedboat capsized off the Turkish coast, Dogan News Agency said on Thursday. The Turkish Coast Guard rescued nine people after they called for help late on Wednesday and recovered five bodies, it said. The group, comprised

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Macedonia Closes Border to Illegal Migrants

SKOPJE, March 9 – Macedonia has closed its border “completely” to illegal migrants after Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia announced tight new restrictions on migrant entry, a police official said on Wednesday. Thousands of migrants have built up on the Greek side of the Macedonian border. Macedonia had been allowing small numbers of Syrians and Iraqis

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Stranded Migrants Block Railway on Greek Border, Call Hunger Strike

By Yannis Behrakis IDOMENI, Greece, Nov 23 – Moroccans, Iranians and Pakistanis on Greece’s northern border with Macedonia blocked rail traffic and demanded passage to western Europe on Monday, stranded by a policy of filtering migrants in the Balkans that has raised human rights concerns. One Iranian man, declaring a hunger strike, stripped to the

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