Last month alone Greece saw an influx of 50,000 migrants. As per UN officials, since January 160,000 migrants have arrived in Greece. Frontex, the EU’s border agency said 107,000 migrants had arrived on Europe’s borders in July alone. Germany estimates 800,000 refugees to arrive this year, four times in number than last year’s arrival. Refugees, mostly Syrians have transited through Greece on their way to wealthier European countries.
A Greek government-chartered ferry picked up almost 2,500 migrants from islands near the Turkish coast. As soon as it arrived at Piraeus port near Athens, the migrants boarded buses to Athens train station. The rush poses the danger of people getting killed as they clamber onto trains heading to Europe.
The Macedonian government had declared the border regions around Gevgelija and Kumanovo as crisis region and army was pressed into service to contain the situation.