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Migrants flood Serbia-Macedonia border

Friday, October 02, 2015 - 00:49

The United Nations refugee agency says Serbia is unable to cope with the flood of migrants waiting to register. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Thousands of migrants formed a 700m long queue outside a registration centre in Presevo, a small town on the Serbian side of the border with Macedonia on Thursday (October 1). Scores of people continued to arrive at the frontier, all waiting to make the next stage in their journey towards the European Union. Litter, blankets and nylon bags discarded by migrants lined the streets around the huge crowd of people. Serbia has been busing migrants from the town towards its border with Croatia as police said that the number of people in and around the camp had exceeded 3,000. Amr Marei, the regional coordinator for the UNHCR, said that Serbia isn't able to cope with the demand of huge numbers waiting to register. "They are trying to register people who come in to give them legal basis for their journey into the country and it can take some time, it does take some time, because of the capacity that we have here, we can process about 1000-2000 people a day, but the arrivals exceed that amount," he said. In a joint action coordinated by Europol and Interpol, law enforcement bodies from nine different countries, including officers from Germany, Austria, Slovenia and Bosnia, have been interviewing migrants on their journey to the European Union. They are trying to understand how the flow of migrants moves across Europe.

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Migrants flood Serbia-Macedonia border

Friday, October 02, 2015 - 00:49