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Europe's migrants face bottlenecks, long waits

Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 01:49

As countries like Greece, Macedonia and other Balkan states limit their borders to the human masses of migrants with more and more refugees stranded in limbo. Mana Rabiee reports.

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They've spent days in secluded forests along Turkey's coast and now it's time for these Syrian migrants to sail to the Greek island of Lesbos. Their numbers entering Greece is up sharply compared to this time last year, so Greece has taken things into its own hands… halting travel up to its border with Macedonia and cutting off the migrants en route. Like here …. at its main commercial port, Piraeus, where 2,000 migrants are stranded in squalid conditions. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SYRIAN REFUGEE FROM DAMASCUS, AHMED MAZEN, SAYING: "The waiting, the waiting is so hard. We need to leave....We have children and women. The people doesn't have hope here." On Friday, Macedonia and other Balkan states agreed to limit their migrant flow to just hundreds a day, all of which has creating a bottleneck of 22,000 migrants in Greece -- stuck in limbo. Like this human mass of 7,000, cramped into the Idomeni camp near Macedonia's border. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MIGRANT FROM SYRIAN TOWN ALEPPO, YOUSEF, SAYING: "I have 7,000 before me, I have to wait 7,000 people and after that I want to go. Just really, it's very, very bad life." At Idomeni, the wait, and living conditions, have become too much. Hundreds of migrants demonstrated on Sunday, standing on the train tracks in protest. It's unclear if their protest will be heard. On Saturday, 310 people were allowed into Macedonia.. The day before that, 22. Twenty two thousand wait, and many thousands more on the way.

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Europe's migrants face bottlenecks, long waits

Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 01:49