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Refugees Storm Fence On Greek-Macedonian Border As Passage Slows To A Trickle

Macedonian police used tear gas and stun guns today on frustrated refugees who broke down a fence on the border with Greece. The unrest comes as countries like Serbia and Macedonia reclassify refugees as “economic migrants” (a move started by Austria), denying them entry, and creating a massive bottleneck.

About 6,500 Syrian and Iraqi refugees are currently camped at the Idomeni crossing in Greece. Here & Now’s Robin Young talks with BBC world affairs correspondent Richard Galpin about the tense situation.

Note: This BBC interview can be heard in the Here & Now podcast or with the WBUR app.


  • Richard Galpin, BBC world affairs correspondent. He tweets @RgalpinBBC.
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