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Macedonia Sends Back Hundreds Of Refugees To Greece

Migrants Sent To Macedonian Camp After Fleeing Greecei
March 15, 2016
A few dozen refugees and other migrants were sent to the Vinojug camp in Macedonia after hundreds fled an overcrowded Greek camp and forded a river to cross the border. Police detained hundreds of people and sent the majority back to Greece. (RFE/RL's Macedonian Unit)
Migrants Sent To Macedonian Camp After Fleeing Greece

Macedonia has sent back hundreds of refugees to Greece, a day after they bypassed a border fence in an attempt to continue their journey to Western Europe. 

Interior Ministry spokesman Toni Angelovski told the Associated Press that the migrants "have been returned to Greece."

About 1,500 people pushed their way into Macedonia on March 14 through an unguarded section of the border, frustrated at being stuck for weeks in a muddy tent city outside the closed crossing of Idomeni. 

A Macedonian official said 700 migrants who had been detained overnight were deported to Greece through the same location they entered. 

WATCH: Migrants Risk River Crossing To Enter Macedonia From Greece (natural sound)

Migrants Risk River Crossing To Enter Macedonia From Greecei
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March 14, 2016
Hundreds of migrants and refugees, frustrated with being stuck on the Greek border, risked their lives as they waded across a river near the town of Idomeni to get into Macedonia. Police say at least three people died trying to cross the area's rapidly flowing waters. (Reuters)

About 14,000 people are stuck in the Idomeni tent city in swampy conditions after days of heavy rain. 

Tightening border controls that started in Austria and extended down the Balkan migration route ended in a total border closure last week.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP

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