Macedonia in the News

The past few days have seen Macedonia featured in the news regarding the handling a refugees (many of them from Syria) streaming over the border from Greece to access Serbia and, further along, Western Europe.

I have traveled between Greece and Macedonia a few timesĀ in the last two years and have noticed an increase in the number of refugees seeking to pass through Macedonia. Prior to Macedonia changing their asylum law (changed in June to allow refugees to legally travel through the country within a period of three days), it was not unusual to see numerous groups of 20-30 men bicycling across Macedonia from Greece in order to reach Serbia. The flow of refugees continues, but plans for how to manage the crisis seem conflicting across Europe. After two days of increased police presence at the border between Macedonia and Greece, the flow of refugees was allowed to continue yesterday.