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Refugees and migrants resist Greece's pleas for transfer

Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 01:12

Thousands of refugees and migrants remain camped out in Idomeni, despite pleas by the Greek government to board buses and go to newly created reception centers. Nathan Frandino reports.

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On Greece's border with Macedonia, thousands are biding their time. Some 12,000 men, women and children have been living here for weeks, hoping to wake up to an open border. But some are not optimistic. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MAN FROM DAMASCUS, SYRIA, IMAD SUKKARIYEH, SAYING: "We keep hearing that the borders are closed, the borders are closed, so there's no hope for us to remain. So I'm hoping to move to a camp with better conditions." The camp he's talking about is one of many new reception centers Greece says it is building. The government is trying to persuade those here in Idomeni to move to the new centers but isn't having much luck. Some here believe leaving Idomeni will diminish their chances of continuing their journey to wealthy western Europe. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) WOMAN FROM BAGHDAD, IRAQ, UM IZZ, SAYING: "At first I thought the other camp would be better, but then I thought it might be the same, just tents, so it makes no difference. But this location is better because it's closer to the border." With no open border on the horizon, there's not much these people can do but wait for another day.

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Refugees and migrants resist Greece's pleas for transfer

Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 01:12