Thousands of refugees, migrants flood Greek border

20 November 2015
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About 2,500 refugees and migrants have inundated the temporary accommodation camp at Idomeni, near the Greek border between with FYROM on Thursday, after the country’s authorities announced on Wednesday night they would only accept Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis.

The announcement stirred up protests from people of other nationalities who are staying in the makeshift camp and want to continue their trip to the countries of Central Europe.

The neutral area between the Greek-FYROM borders remain closed with many people camping next to the railway tracks, while a group of 200 people, mainly Iranians, were standing in front of the barbed wire, asking to be allowed in.

Authorities say the situation will worsen, as another 5,000 refugees and migrants are expected to arrive with busses by the end of the day. “Until a solution is found for the crisis created by the closure of borders, it is absolutely necessary to provide infrastructure for accommodation of these people, who will continue to converge at the borders, in the cold or rain,” non-governmental organization ARSIS, which supports vulnerable youths, said in a statement and called on all competent authorities to assume responsibility.

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