More than 2,000 refugees cross Greece- FYROM borders

5 December 2015
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Greek authorities say more than 2,000 refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq have crossed into FYROM from Greece, a day after the border closed down following clashes between migrants.

More than 3,000 people remain stuck on the Greek side of the border, as FYROM and other Balkan countries refuse to let them through, considering them economic migrants seeking jobs, not refugees fleeing war.

Those refused entry to FYROM threw stones Friday at Greek riot police, who have been struggling to maintain order for the past two days.

Greek authorities have sent free trains and buses to carry the presumed economic migrants back to Athens, where they will be invited to seek asylum in Greece if they want. But nearly all those entering Greece from Turkey want to live in wealthy European countries such as Germany or Sweden.

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