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Hungary-bound refugees swamp Macedonia train station

Monday, August 17, 2015 - 01:09

Crowds of refugees arriving from Greece scramble onto trains at a small Macedonian railway station as they try to make their way through to Serbia and on to western Europe. Pavithra George reports.

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For many refugees in the town of Gevgelija (Gev-gel-iya), Macedonia, this Serbia-bound train is a ticket to freedom - away from war and conflict in their native lands. Hundreds of Syrian, Afghan and Iraqi refugees have come to the town through neighboring Greece. They scramble aboard trains in a rush to get to Serbia and then finally Hungary - part of Europe's borderless Schengen zone - where many say they hope to find work and security. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN REFUGEE, AHMED, SAYING: "My ambition is for my son and wife to be in a good place, and for me to have work." (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN REFUGEE, ABDUL MIN'AM, SAYING: "Life was very difficult, we got very tired. In addition to tough living conditions, there was constant bombardment." The Red Cross estimates that, each day, at least 2000 refugees are crossing from Greece into Macedonia, double the number of several weeks ago - But time is running short-these refugees must get to Hungary before the country completes a fence that it is building along the Serbian border - aimed at keeping illegal migrants out.

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Hungary-bound refugees swamp Macedonia train station

Monday, August 17, 2015 - 01:09