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Balkan 'economic migrant' ban bites

Friday, November 20, 2015 - 01:02

Hundreds spend a freezing night on the Macedonia-Greece border as a ban on those deemed 'economic migrants' starts to hit. Paul Chapman reports.

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Hundreds of migrants have spent a night shivering on Macedonia's border with Greece. These are considered by Macedonia to be economic migrants and therefore no longer allowed passage. Macedonia's followed neighbouring Slovenia's decision to allow access only refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. (SOUNDBITE)(English) NEXHAT, MIGRANT FROM IRAN, SAYING: "They should let us pass. We will not make problems, we don't have anything to do with what's happened in France, I mean, terrorist action there." Greece doesn't filter migrants passing through its territory en route to Macedonia. By Friday morning about 2,000 people refused entry to pass through Macedonia under the new restrictions were stranded on the border. The route is used by around 4,000 migrants of all nationalities every day heading for western Europe.

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Balkan 'economic migrant' ban bites

Friday, November 20, 2015 - 01:02