Over 10,000 Refugees on Greece Border with Macedonia

Over 10,000 Refugees on Greece Border with Macedonia
Refugees try to ram down part of the border fence during a protest at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the Greek village of Idomeni, February 29, 2016. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis

The Greek media estimates that more than 10,000 refugees are waiting at the Greek and Macedonia border to continue their journey north. The northern border remains closed because hundreds of refugees tried to force their way through on Monday.

On Wednesday more than 1,000 additional refugees arrived to the Greek port of Piraeus from the Aegean Islands. The number of refugees arriving from the Turkish coast to the Greek islands set a new record in the past few days. In February a total of more than 55,000 refugees arrived in Greece, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

The refugees on the border hope to continue on the Balkan route to Germany soon, because the border town is getting increasingly overcrowded by the day.

Heavily armed special forces units were moved to the border crossing, after refugee violence broke out at the border earlier in the week.

Refugees try to break a Greek police cordon in order to approach the border fence at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the Greek village of Idomeni, February 29, 2016. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis
Refugees try to break a Greek police cordon in order to approach the border fence at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the Greek village of Idomeni, February 29, 2016. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis

Despite the restrictions stopping refugees from leaving Greece, thousands more are arriving each day. More than 120,000 refugees have arrived in the first two months of 2016. That’s up 30% compared to the number of refugees who arrived in the same time period in 2015.

The only thing stopping the human tide of refugees from reaching Northern Europe is a 19-mile barbed wire fence built on Macedonia’s border.

Macedonian riot police officers stand next to part of the border fence brought down by protesting refugees during a protest at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the Greek village of Idomeni, February 29, 2016.  REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis
Macedonian riot police officers stand next to part of the border fence brought down by protesting refugees during a protest at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the Greek village of Idomeni, February 29, 2016. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis