New migrant control system on Greek-Macedonian border

Police chiefs in 'Balkan route' countries sign agreement

18 February, 17:59

    (ANSAmed) - ZAGREB, FEBRUARY 18 - The heads of police forces on the 'Balkan route' used by migrants to the EU on Thursday reached an agreement in the Croatian capital for a new system to check, select and register migrants. The system will be used once only per migrant, on the border between Greece and Macedonia. The agreement - signed by police chiefs from Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria - calls for registration at the Greek-Macedonian border, where all biometric verification and identification procedures will be carried out on migrants to ascertain whether they are actually coming from war zones. Refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan will be taken to Austria, while the others will be pushed back to prevent migrants being sent back from one country to another - as has happened in recent days to about 200 migrants, who from the Austrian border were sent back to Slovenia and from there to Croatia and Serbia. Thursday's agreement will also make the journey much less difficult for thousands of migrants, since they will no longer have to repeat procedures at every border. The new regulations go into immediate effect, and all countries involved will send police to Macedonia. Those sent back will be put into refugee camps in Greece or Turkey.


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