Migrants Protest over Macedonia Ban on 'Economic Migrants'
Hundreds of migrants from Morocco, Pakistan, Iran and elsewhere staged a demonstration at the Greece-Macedonia border on Thursday over Skopje's refusal to grant passage into the country to citizens of countries not affected by war.
The latest developments come as Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia are moving to bar the entry of the so-called "economic migrants" into their territory - a decision which will make it possible only for citizens of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan to cross into these countries.
Macedonia is already building a wire fence near Gevgelija, along its border with Greece, to manage the flow of migrants. Skopje opted for the step after being informed by Ljubljana on Wednesday about its decision not to let in economic migrants.
At the same time, Macedonian authorities are intending to expand a reception center at the Gevgelija crossing. With a capacity of 1500, it cannot deal with the number of arrivals which normally surpasses 2000 and can reach 5000 a day.
Against this backdrop, MIA news agency reports that EU Council President Donald Tusk is set to visit Tirana and Skopje over the weekend, supposedly to discuss the migrant crisis.
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Tusk doesn't need any visa for he comes from a big country which has always been a part of Europe's kernel - in all the historical, social and economical meanings. But the fact that neither he, nor the rest of EU's leadership have an idea how to stop the immigrant influx, is obvious. Some EU countries want the immigrants counting on a cheap labour force, the others not. Raising own children and educating them seems too hard and to expensive to societies oriented on unreasonable consumption.