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22 Apr 2016 description

The gradual tightening of entry criteria in February 2016 and the final closure of Western Balkan borders to irregular onward movement on 7 March 2016 have left a group of some 1,000 people in the country who are now unable to continue towards their intended destination. Almost all of them are from Syria and Afghanistan. Around 770 are currently housed at the transit center at the northern border in Tabanovce, while 138 are residing at the Vinojug centre at the southern border in Gevgelija.

16 Mar 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Since the beginning of 2016, almost 153,200 people have crossed the Mediterranean to seek safety and protection in Europe. Of them, 143,205 arrived through the Eastern Mediterranean, on Greek shores.

  • In February 2016, women and children made up 63 per cent of refugees and migrants crossing from Greece into the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, children were 41 per cent.

16 Mar 2016 description

Last 127 arrivals occurred before 6am the 7th of March. No arrivals have been registered since then.

259 Daily average registration for the previous week

77% of last week registration were women and children

65% of previous week registration were women and children

Based on MoI registration data for weeks 29 Feb -06 March 2016 and 07 -13 March 2016

09 Mar 2016 description

259 Last week daily average registration

252 Daily average registration for the previous week

65% of last week registration were women and children

65% of previous week registration were women and children

02 Mar 2016 description

Idomeni, Greece | AFP | Wednesday 3/2/2016 - 20:29 GMT

Macedonia on Wednesday allowed around 250 migrants to cross its border with Greece, as 10,000 more were left waiting in miserable conditions, Greek officials and AFP reporters at the scene said.

Around 170 people were allowed to pass overnight and additional small groups were accepted during the day.

It was the first group of Syrians and Iraqis permitted to continue their journey to Europe since dawn on Monday, when another 300 were let through before the frontier was closed.

24 Feb 2016 description

Idomeni, Greece | AFP | Wednesday 2/24/2016 - 15:21 GMT

by Iliana MIER

Anxiety gripping his features, the man from Syria hands over his birth certificate to Macedonian border police, hoping against hope that it will be enough to allow him to continue his journey to northern Europe.

A Macedonian policeman, no older than 35, squints at the document for a couple of minutes, scanning it for signs of a possible forgery.

No specialised equipment is used. After a few moments, he waves the man through.

17 Feb 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • More than one million people arrived in Europe by sea in 2015. Since the beginning of 2016, almost 82,640 new arrivals were registered, 76,607 of them on Greek shores.

  • Women and children are now 59 per cent of refugees and migrants crossing from Greece into the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and children make up 37 per cent.

17 Feb 2016 description

1,829 Last week daily average registration

2,097 Daily average registration for the previous week

64% of last week registration were women and children

62% of previous week registration were women and children

19 Jan 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

GENEVA, 19 January 2016 – Children arriving into a harsh winter in southeastern Europe are physically exhausted, scared, distressed and often in need of medical assistance, UNICEF warned.

The recent sub-zero temperatures and sometimes snowy conditions is exacerbating the children’s poor physical condition as many children on the move do not have adequate clothing, or access to age-appropriate nutrition. This has been worsened by the lack of shelter and inadequate heating in some reception centres as well as buses and trains.

15 Jan 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

■ 15,775 refugees and migrants crossed the border into fYR Macedonia during 1- 7 January 2016, with a daily average of 2,254. Since UNHCR began monitoring departures from Gevgelija on 1 July 2015 some 703,055 refugees and migrants have departed.

12 Jan 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Thomas Nybo

I recently met five boys who, as part of their journey out of Afghanistan, crammed into the trunk of a compact car. I encountered them at a refugee camp in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and travelled with them as they made their way deeper into Europe. On assignment for UNICEF, I was documenting the experience of children and families as they migrated from Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. Allahyar, 13, was one of the boys from the car trunk; I asked why he left Afghanistan.

25 Dec 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

■ 20,774 refugees and migrants crossed the border into fYR Macedonia during the reporting period 11-17 December, with a daily average of 2,968. Since UNHCR began monitoring departures from Gevgelija on 1 July 2015 some 648,178 refugees and migrants have departed.

■ Intention to apply for asylum: 348,017 applications have been filed from 19 June through 17 December 2015 (source: Ministry of Interior).

22 Dec 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

(Brussels) - The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has resumed the practice of arbitrarily detaining migrants and asylum seekers. The detentions are ostensibly to secure their testimony as witnesses in criminal proceedings against people suspected of smuggling migrants.

11 Dec 2015 description

JOANNA KAKISSIS

Macedonia has introduced strict border controls, saying it's trying to separate economic migrants from refugees fleeing war. The result is thousands of asylum seekers who are now stranded in Greece, a country that has allowed migrants to pass through, but does not want them to stay.

Read the full report here.

04 Dec 2015 description

Amid increasing tension and violent clashes in the policing of refugees and migrants protesting at the Greek-Macedonian border, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (Macedonia) border police must show restraint and comply fully with international policing standards, said Amnesty International today.