FYROM authorities use force to deter migrants and refugees from attempting to break through the Greece border. Teargas and rubber bullets were fired by the police and security from the FYROM side of the border towards the migrants at the border on the Greek side. Turkish authorities have been put on high alert following the US issuing a travel warning to its citizens. In the past month the capital and other major cities have seen several attacks that have been blamed on both ISIS and pro-Kurdish militants.
Frontex transported 202 migrants on Monday from Greek islands back to Turkey, adhering to the EU-Turkey deal to curb irregular migrant flows into Europe. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to a D.C. research institution caused clashes between his security detail, protesters, journalists and local authorities.
As refugees and migrants at the Idomeni camp lose hope of crossing the FYROM border, Greek officials have begun evacuating the temporary camp and relocating the occupants to other refugee camps in the area. Turkish journalists who exposed Turkey’s involvement in transporting arms to Syria to face life in close-door trial.
Suicide bomb attack on Turkish city Istanbul has been linked to an ISIS member, according to Turkish authorities; Deal struck between EU and Turkey that began turning refugees and migrants back to Turkey on Sunday, March 20 has been criticized by human rights advocates as “unethical.”
The European Council and Turkey agreed on Friday to a plan to manage the flow of migrants and refugees into the European Union. Under this agreement, migrants and refugees who arrived in Greece by illegal means will be returned to Turkey where they will proceed through the asylum process to relocate to a European country.
Turkey and the European Union agree on plan for migrants and refugees stuck in Greece or Turkey on their way to other European countries. Meanwhile, the Former Yugoslavic Republic of Macedonia closes its border with Greece, further trapping migrants and refugees. This and more headlines from March 8 to March 11.
Greece and Europe at crossroads on refugee issue, EU makes first steps to halt Schengen. Turkey makes deal with EU to take in non-Syrian economic migrants, this and other headlines from Feb 29 to March 4.