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Macedonia, Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia announce total shut down of their borders


The countries with the most recent and fresh memory of past Muslim invasion and occupation attempts are the quickest and smartest in decisions on this so called “migration crisis” hijrah. They know what it’s all about.

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Macedonia closes its doors ‘completely’ to migrants trapped in Greece after Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia announce total shut down of their borders 

  • Skopje was allowing small numbers of migrants through, but has now stopped after neighbours shut their borders
  • Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia said no migrants wishing to transit towards other countries would be allowed to enter
  • Balkan trail used by floods of migrants was now shut, hiking pressure on the EU and Turkey to nail down a solution

 

Macedonia said it has now closed its doors ‘completely’ to migrants, leaving thousands trapped in a tented slum on the Greek border.

Skopje had been allowing small numbers of Syrians and Iraqis through, but is now stopping doing so after its neighbours tightened up their policies.

Slovenia and Croatia said last night that no migrants wishing to transit towards other countries would be allowed to enter, while Serbia indicated it would also follow suit.

It means the Balkan trail used by floods of migrants was now shut, hiking pressure on the EU and Turkey to nail down a ‘game-changing’ solution.

A migrant waiting to cross the Greek-Macedonian border walks through a makeshift camp near the village of Idomeni, Greece

A woman passes toilet paper across a puddle during rainfall at the  Idomeni camp after Macedonia completely shut its border

A child closes a tent by a banner placed on the enforced razor wire fence between Macedonia and Greece that reads 'Made in EU'

A Macedonian police official, who declined to be named, said: ‘We have completely closed the border.’

According to the Macedonian Interior Ministry, no migrants entered from Greece on Tuesday.

‘Macedonia will act according to the decisions taken by other countries on the Balkan route,’ an Interior Ministry spokesman said, referring to the main routes taken by more than a million migrants to reach the European Union over the last year.

The decisions were announced hours after EU leaders declared an end to a mass scramble to reach wealthy countries in Europe from war zones along the Balkan route.

Around 1,000 migrants remain stranded in a refugee camp on the Macedonian side of the Serbian border while more than 400 are stranded in ‘No Man’s Land’ between Serbia and Macedonia.

A migrant gestures while being photographed at a makeshift camp near the village of Idomeni on the Greek-Macedonia border

Migrant children play outside their tent at a makeshift camp near the village of Idomeni, Greece

A migrant covers himself in a blanket during rainfall at the northern Greek border station of Idomeni. Despair and confusion spread through the camp at the Greek-Macedonian border as thousands of stranded refugees were forced to acknowledge the Bakan route was now shut

A migrant, who is waiting to cross the Greek-Macedonian border, carries his belongings at a makeshift camp near the village of Idomeni

They refuse to go back to Macedonia and are not being allowed to cross in to Serbia.

EU member Slovenia said that from midnight (11pm GMT), the only exceptions were for people wishing to claim asylum in the country or for migrants ‘on humanitarian grounds and in accordance with the rules of the Schengen zone’.

Prime Minister Miro Cerar said the move meant that ‘the (Balkan) route for illegal migrations no longer exists.’

Croatia’s Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic called it a ‘new phase in resolving the migrant crisis’.

The measures follow Austria’s decision in February to cap the number of migrants passing through its territory and Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz late Tuesday welcomed the news.

‘This is putting into effect what is correct and that is the end of the ‘waving through’ (of migrants) which attracted so many migrants last year and was the wrong approach,’ Kurz told public television.

‘As Europe, we must help Greece but we have to make sure that arriving in (the Greek island of) Lesbos doesn’t mean a ticket to Germany,’ he said.

A Syrian woman holds her cat named Taboush, which she brought with her from Syria, at the camp at the Greek-Macedonian borders

A migrant boy covered in a plastic poncho walks during rainfall at the northern Greek border station of Idomeni

Slovenia and Croatia said no migrants wishing to transit towards other countries would be allowed in, while Serbia said it would follow suit

In Greece, however, the tightening of border restrictions in recent weeks sparked by Austria’s move has created a bottleneck at the border with Macedonia where more than 13,000 people were stranded, according to state agency ANA.

There was no official reaction from Athens to Slovenia and Croatia’s moves, but a Greek government source said it now considered borders through the Balkans as ‘de facto closed’.

The authorities were trying ‘to convince the refugees that are stuck to go temporarily to welcome centres throughout Greece,’ the source said.

More than a million people have crossed the Aegean Sea into Greece since the start of 2015, many from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq and most aiming to reach wealthy Germany, Austria and Scandinavia.

This has caused deep divisions among EU members about how to deal with Europe’s worst migration crisis since World War Two and put German Chancellor Angela Merkel under severe pressure domestically over her open-door asylum policy.

Merkel hopes that a mooted deal with Turkey discussed at an EU summit on Monday, and due to be finalised on March 17-18, will be the answer, with Turkey offering to take back all illegal migrants landing on the Greek islands.

The tightening of border restrictions in recent weeks sparked by Austria's move has created a bottleneck at the border with Macedonia where more than 13,000 people were stranded at the camp at Idomeni (above)

More on their way: Migrants walk on a road towards a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the Greek village of Idomeni

Turkey, currently hosting 2.7 million refugees escaping the five-year-old civil war in neighbouring Syria, is the main springboard for migrants making the perilous sea crossing to Greece.

Ankara proposed an arrangement under which the EU would resettle one Syrian refugee from camps in Turkey in exchange for every Syrian that Turkey takes from Greece, in a bid to reduce the incentive for people to board boats for Europe.

In return though, Turkey wants €6billion ($6.6billion) in aid, visa-free access for Turkish citizens to Europe’s passport-free Schengen zone and a speeding up of Ankara’s efforts to join the EU.

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker called the plan a ‘real game-changer’ and insisted it was ‘legally feasible’, but it has sparked concern from UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi and others.

‘As a first reaction I’m deeply concerned about any arrangement that would involve the blanket return of anyone from one country to another without spelling out the refugee protection safeguards under international law,’ Grandi told the European Parliament.

Rights group Amnesty International said the proposal was full of ‘moral and legal flaws’ and along with Human Rights Watch challenged the idea that Turkey was a ‘safe country’ to which migrants could return.

 

 

12 thoughts on “Macedonia, Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia announce total shut down of their borders

  1. It’s unfortunate that the corrupt governments can feed their own people. It’s unfortunate that really poor people have multiple children that they knowingly can’t feed. It’s unfortunate that these people pray multiple times a day to Allah and he can’t feed them either.

    When they get to another country, they want to change the laws and the males rape the women. It’s no wonder that no one wants these people.

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    • I am Greek but living in Britain , I was an immigrant but I worked all my life and own a buisiness , the eu have forsaken Greece and shut them out , and are expected to clean up the mess that Adolf Merkel has brought apon Europe ,
      We have the Royal Navy bringing the boats ashore instead of towing them back to turkey , our spineless leaders need to harden up , we cannot take any more of these invaders , and the media do not help

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      • The EU loves to shove all their problems on Greece, forbidding them to push back all the illegal boats that arrived and to deny entry to the Muslim illegals. And look at it now… now Greece is suddenly forced to manage the problems on their own.
        Muslims destroyed ancient Greece and are now destroying it once more.

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  2. I wish their was a rule to take in all these people. That they had to change their religion to any one but Islam. Otherwise they don’t come in. As for these countries not taking these people in, I say “wonderful”!! These intelligent countries/leaders have my vote! These are the intelligent countries! I should hope their not hassled so much by other countries, that they have to cave in. That would be so sad.

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    • As much as that sounds great, that Donald will shut our borders, I think it’s too late myself. Obummer has already done the damage. At least these countries have intelligent leaders. I can imagine their being hassled to take these animals in.

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  3. EU should start sending benefits to those refugees that have no intention or means to come to Europe. I genuinely feel bad for the real refugees esp innocent kids stuck in Jordan, Lebanon etc. EU should not entertain any more’rapefugees’

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  4. This is horrible that these issues exist but the real issue is the teachings of Islam. Until the believers of Islam totally put and end to all of the hate-filled hearts created by these demonic teachings there will never be peace anywhere.

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  5. The woman with the cat well she must be kind if she is attached to her very healthy looking lovely cat! Now this one I would save and many of the little kids abandoned or stolen from their families to fool the authorities when the children reach Greece. The men are such slime and so full of taqqiya I wouldn’t take a single one.

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    • I would take in everyone who says that they will change their Islam religion to any other one. Of course, I would hope christianity, but any other religion would be fine.

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  6. We will be seeing kufar heads on stakes very soon in those areas but naturally it will be the fault of the kufars. just watched a nauseating BBC show last night which has “the usual suspects” persecuting the poor muslimes(not my choice).

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