Serbia, Macedonia start allowing in only Syrian, Iraqi and Afghan migrants

Serbia and Macedonia have begun limiting the passage of migrants across their borders to Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans, turning back Africans and Asians, Reuters quoted the United Nations as saying on Thursday.

Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans make up the majority of the hundreds of thousands of migrants trekking across the Balkans in the hope of reaching western and northern Europe, mainly Germany and Sweden, says Reuters.

"As of 6 p.m. (1600 GMT) yesterday evening Serbia started turning back (to Macedonia) all but Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans," UNHCR spokeswoman Melita Sunjic said.

"Macedonia closed the border around 3 a.m and some 100 people remained stranded in no-man's land," she said.

Last update: Tue, 08/12/2015 - 12:28
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