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Greece starts evacuating squalid Idomeni migrant camp

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MOVING OUT. A refugee family sits in front of their tent waiting to be transferred to hospitality centers, during a police operation in a camp near the village of Idomeni, Greece on May 24, 2016. Photo by Yannis Kolesidis/EPA

Thousands of refugees and migrants are being moved to reception centers around the country

IDOMENI, Greece (May 24, 2016) — Hundreds of Greek police on Tuesday, May 24, began clearing the overcrowded Idomeni camp, a migrant flashpoint on the Macedonia border where thousands have been living in squalid conditions for more than 3 months. Continue reading Greece starts evacuating squalid Idomeni migrant camp

EU ministers meet after Balkan migrant route shut

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Refugees share a cigarette in front of a fire, during a rainy day, as they wait to cross the Greek-Macedonian border at a refugee camp, near the village of Idomeni, northern Greece, March 9, 2016. Yannis Kolesidis/EPA
The scheduled two-day meeting will tackle various areas including a proposed deal with Turkey and the restoration of the visa-free Schengen zone

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Mar. 10, 2016) — EU interior ministers were set to meet in Brussels Thursday, March 10, to discuss the migrant crisis after western Balkan nations slammed shut their borders, exacerbating a dire humanitarian situation on the Macedonian frontier.

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EU Leaders Meet on Migrants as Thousands Wait in Greece

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A woman reacts after losing sight of her child near the gate at the Greek-Macedonian border on Sunday. DIMITAR DILKOFF / AFP – Getty Images
European leaders were gathering early Monday to discuss the still-spiraling migrant crisis as thousands camped out in Greece desperate to cross a blocked border

March 7, 2016 —European leaders were gathering early Monday to discuss the still-spiraling migrant crisis as thousands camped out in Greece desperate to cross a blocked border.

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Refugees at Greek border ahead of EU-Turkey migration summit

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AT THE BORDER. A woman peers out from her tent staged on the railway tracks at the overcrowded makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border near the Greek village of Idomeni, on March 5, 2016, where thousands of refugees and migrants wait to cross the border into Macedonia. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP
‘Hope is all we have left. It will be disastrous if no solution is found,’ says one refugee

IDOMENI, Greece (Mar. 5, 2016) — Some 13,000 refugees are crammed in unhygienic conditions on Greece’s border with Macedonia, officials said on Saturday, March 5, with all eyes on a key Continue reading Refugees at Greek border ahead of EU-Turkey migration summit

EU unveils 700M-euro migrant aid plan for Greece

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WORSENING CRISIS. Refugees wait to take the permission to pass the Greek-FYROM borders at the refugee camp in Idomeni, Greece, March 2, 2016. Photo by Simela Pantzartzi/EPA
The funds would be allocated over 3 years under the plan, which must be approved by a majority of member states and the European Parliament

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Mar. 2, 2016) — The EU on Wednesday, March 2, proposed 700 million euros in emergency aid for Greece and other states as it began to tackle the migrant crisis within its borders like humanitarian disasters in developing countries.

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Migrants try to storm Greece-Macedonia border fence

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CRISIS. A Syrian refugee leans against the fence as she waits for the opening of the border to cross into Macedonia, at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni on February 28, 2016. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP
‘When one insists on his border, the other suffers. That’s not my Europe,’ says Germany’s Angela Merkel, lashing out at Austria and Balkan states for introducing tight limits on migrant entries

IDOMENI, Greece (Mar. 1, 2016) — Hundreds of refugees on Monday, February 29, tried to break through a border fence into Macedonia from Greece, where more than 7,000 people are Continue reading Migrants try to storm Greece-Macedonia border fence

Greece says up to 70,000 migrants may be ‘trapped’ next month

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STRANDED. Refugees and migrants walk to the refugee camp at the buffer zone of the Greek-FYROM border, near the border village of Idomeni, Greece, February 26, 2016. Photo by Nikos Arvanitidis/EPA
The bottleneck is expected to get worse after EU members Slovenia and Croatia, as well as Serbia and Macedonia, impose a limit of 580 migrants entering their borders each day

ATHENS, Greece (Feb. 29, 2016) — Greece warned Sunday, February 28, the number of refugees and migrants on its soil could more than triple next month, reaching as many as 70,000, as a Continue reading Greece says up to 70,000 migrants may be ‘trapped’ next month

Migrants And Refugees Stuck In Greece Face Uncertain Future

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Hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees have made harrowing journeys to Europe, but Macedonia closed its border to asylum-seekers not from Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan. BORIS GRDANOSKI/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Those who aren’t from Syria, Afghanistan or Iraq are no longer allowed through to Macedonia.

ATHENS (Feb. 20, 2016) — Hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees from war-torn and poverty-stricken countries have arrived on the shores of Greece’s picturesque islands in the past year. They Continue reading Migrants And Refugees Stuck In Greece Face Uncertain Future

Police chiefs on migrant route announce joint refugee register

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A group of migrants from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan wait to be registered in front of a temporary camp for migrants in the village of Miratovac, on the border between Serbia and Macedonia, close to the south Serbian city of Presevo, Serbia, February 15, 2016. Photo by Djordje Savic/EPA
Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria will jointly profile and register migrants from war-torn countries and then organize their ‘controlled transport’ through to Austria, Croatia’s police director Vlado Dominic says

ZAGREB, Croatia (Feb. 19, 2016) — The police chiefs of 5 countries on the migrant route through southeast Europe announced an agreement Thursday, February 18, for a joint refugee registration point at the Greek-Macedonian border.

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EU ‘gives Greece 3 months’ to strengthen border against migrants

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‘STRENGTHEN BORDER.’ Refugees and migrants disembark from a ferry at the port of Piraeus coming from the island of Lesvos, Greece, February 10, 2016. File photo by Orestis Panagiotou/EPA
The decision is the culmination of weeks of pressure on Greece, the main gateway for the million refugees and migrants who entered Europe last year

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Feb. 13, 2016) — EU member states on Friday, February 12 gave Greece a 3-month ultimatum to remedy “deficiencies” in controlling the influx of migrants or effectively face suspension from the Schengen passport-free zone.

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