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Macedonia declares state of emergency on the border due to migrant influx

The Interior Ministry of Macedonia has declared a state of emergency on the country’s borders on 20 August because of the massive influx of migrants in recent weeks.

Macedonia declares state of emergency on border.
Macedonia declares state of emergency on border. Image by U.S. Army Europe Images / CC BY 2.0

The state of emergency allows for the engagement of the army and affects the southern border at Gevgelija (where the migrants enter Macedonia from Greece) and the northern border at Kumanovo (where they cross into Serbia). The migrants come mainly from Syria, Afghanistan and other countries in the Middle East and north Africa, and use Macedonia as a transit route on their way to the EU countries. It’s estimated that some 40,000 migrants have passed through Macedonia in the past month. Read more: rferl.org