Skopje appeals for refugees to be removed from the border area

In the past 24 hours, only 316 refugees from Syria and Iraq have been allowed entry into the territory of the Republic of Macedonia. According to the country’s interior ministry, they consisted of 264 Syrian refugees and 52 Iraqis, mainly children and women.

But, on the other side of the border, there are about 32 000 refugees from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, who are expecting the border to be opened in order for them to join the Balkan route.

Macedonian president Gjorge Ivanov reiterated on March 4 that Macedonia does not have the necessary capacity to cope with this large number and that this situation will not change unless other neighbouring countries and Austria open their borders.

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