We have just learned that Macedonia revealed plans to build a 200-mile long fence along its border with Greece to keep out the flood of foreign migrants trying to enter the country.
From Daily Mail:
Dramatic plans to build a 200 mile long fence protected by guards armed with tasers were tonight revealed before a key summit in Brussels to stop the flow of migrants through the continent.
EU leaders will tomorrow pledge to close down the route from Greece through the Balkans where more than 985,000 have travelled since the start of last year.
Ahead of the meeting, Macedonia has requested that neighbouring countries help it seal the thoroughfare by extending the existing 19-mile razor-wire fence on its southern border with Greece and providing extra guards and riot gear.
Around 14,000 people are currently stuck on the Greek side of the border at Idomeni after Macedonian authorities started limiting the number of people they would let through to just a few hundred a day.
There have been violent clashes at the crossing in the past week with a crowd of chanting migrants trying to force their way through the border fence using a metal sign post as a battering ram.
Macedonia today imposed further restrictions only allowing Syrians from parts of the country they consider to be at war to enter.
It means people from cities such as Aleppo could cross, but those from the capital of Damascus would be stopped.
At an emergency summit tomorrow in Brussels, aimed at saving the EU’s passport-free travel zone, Schengen, all 28 leaders, including David Cameron, will sign up to a plan to stop migrants arriving on the Greek islands from Turkey being ‘waved through’ the continent.
Leaked draft conclusions for the meeting seen by the Mail show that they will agree that ‘irregular flows of migrants along the Western Balkans route are coming to an end… this route is now closed’.
They will also pledge to ‘provide further assistance to Greece in managing the external borders, including those with Macedonia and Albania’.
Here’s a video on the current Greek migrant crisis:
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