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Macedonian authorities open Greek border for migrants

Sunday, August 23, 2015 - 01:23

More than 5,000 migrants cross into Serbia, resuming a journey to western Europe after an overwhelmed Macedonia gives up its attempts to stem the flow of refugees by force. Elly Park reports.

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A steady stream of migrants are crossing into Macedonia from Greece. Many of them are refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war and other conflicts in the Middle East, in the hopes of finding stability and peace elsewhere. But several days ago, they were met with stun grenades and tear gas -- as local security forces tried to stem their flow through the Balkans into western Europe. On Sunday, riot police remained, but did little to slow the passage of hundreds of migrants. At the train station in Gevgelija, a small town located in the southeast of Macedonia, migrants were able to board trains to Serbia. SOUNDBITE: MIGRANT FROM AFGHANISTAN, ASLAM, SAYING (ENGLISH) "I feel better, you know, coming from a war country. And now I hope to live a good life and in a safe place, so I hope everything gets better. Let's see what happens." Macedonia had declared a state of emergency on Thursday and sealed its southern borders to migrants who poured in at a rate of 2,000 per day. It has accused neighboring Greece of aiding the migrants' journey north at a pace the Balkan country says it cannot cope with.

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Macedonian authorities open Greek border for migrants

Sunday, August 23, 2015 - 01:23