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"They can't control it" - Syrian migrant on Serbian border

Monday, October 05, 2015 - 01:01

Crowds of migrants push against barriers at a crowded registration center in Serbia, where thousands arrive every day according to UN. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Crowds of migrants jostled against barriers and police in Serbia on Monday, as they waited in a long line outside a registration center in Presevo, a small town on the Serbian side of the border with Macedonia. Large numbers of people continued to arrive throughout the day, all waiting to register and acquire papers required for the next stage in their arduous journey towards western Europe. Litter, blankets and nylon bags discarded by migrants lined the streets around the huge crowd of people, with police and army struggling to maintain order amid the sheer pressure of incoming people. Ferhan, a Syrian refugee from Damascus, told Reuters he had been waiting hours to register. "With all the police and the army, they can't control it," he said. After registering new arrivals, Serbia buses migrants from the town towards its border with Croatia. More than 170,000 migrants, many of them Syrians, have passed through Serbia on their way towards western Europe this summer, escaping civil war and poverty in search of a more prosperous life. The European Union is reeling from its biggest refugee influx since World War Two. Most of them, many arriving from countries such as Syria, and Iraq, aim to move on from Greece and Italy to wealthier countries such as Germany, which is expecting an influx of some 800,000 people this year.

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"They can't control it" - Syrian migrant on Serbian border

Monday, October 05, 2015 - 01:01