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Migrants in limbo

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 01:27

Migrants wait in Serbia where a passport linked to a suspect in the Paris attacks was used recently. Macedonia meanwhile, is building a fence to slow migrant flow. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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They sit and they wait. Refugees and migrants in Serbia hoping for a better life in Europe. Many have come through Macedonia -- they hope to resume their journey westward. Serbian police have confirmed that a Syrian passport found near the body of a suicide bomber killed in the Paris attacks last week was used by someone who crossed the Serbian border on October 7 at this center in Presevo. Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic says you don't always know just who is crossing the border. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRIME MINISTER OF SERBIA, ALEKSANDAR VUCIC, SAYING: "The problem is that you don't know which passport has been forged, which one was not, you know. How can you do it? In Macedonia they are building fences. This is near the southern border with Greece. The aim is not to close the border -- but to limit the flow of migrants. Thousands travel through Macedonia every day, later moving onwards to Austria and Germany. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MIGRANT FROM PAKISTAN, ALI ISEN, SAYING: "I thank my God that I reached to Macedonia, and I hope that I will reach France safely. A state of emergency has been in force in Macedonia since August along its borders with Greece and Serbia-- a crisis with few answers and now new questions after the Paris attacks.

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Migrants in limbo

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 01:27