The Wall Works: Macedonia’s Strong Border Controls Keeping Out Migrants

The number of illegal migrants crossing into the European Union (EU) in the West Balkan region has dropped by 90 per cent since Macedonia strengthened its border with Greece, EU border agency Frontex has said. In March 4,930 people crossed the Greek-Macedonian border illegally, 10 per cent of the figure for the same month last year, according to Macedonian news agency Independent. Despite the success of the Macedonian controls, however, the number of migrants entering Europe through Italy is growing as summer nears and conditions become more favourable to crossing the Mediterranean. The Greek-Macedonian border has become a major flashpoint

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