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Country Report Macedonia

  • ID: 2123793
  • August 2015
  • Region: Macedonia
  • 28 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

Amidst an unprecedented surge in migration into Europe, some Balkan countries are struggling to manage the influx of migrants headed from Turkey to Hungary via Greece, Macedonia and Serbia-the shortest and straightest path to the Schengen-area states. The spike in arrivals in recent months caught local authorities off guard. The EU, focused until recently on the Libya-Italy migrant route, has been slow to react. The migrant stream is coming from one Schengen state (Greece) to another (Hungary), with Macedonia and Serbia, which are not even members of the EU, stuck in the middle without any clear entitlement to significant aid from Brussels. The crisis is already having negative political repercussions for both, with Macedonia declaring a state of emergency in two border regions on August 20th and Serbia facing difficulties as a result of Hungary's decision to build a perimeter fence to keep the migrants out.

The European border agency, Frontex, released figures showing that 340,000 migrants arrived in Europe in January-July 2015, compared with 280,000 in the whole of 2014. In July alone some 107,500 arrived, 50,000 of them in Greece (more than that crisis-ridden country received READ MORE >

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Country Report Macedonia

Migration crisis in Balkan states
Macedonia declares a state of emergency at its borders
The creation of a migrant "bubble"
The Hungarian "wall"
The EU: missing in action

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