MACEDONIA - Muslims shouting "Allahu akbar" and banners reading "Open or die".
That is the message the border police and the military on the border between Greece and Macedonia now are greeted with, as the authorities of the two countries tries to close the border to economic migrants seeking asylum in Europe, the Swedish newspaper Nyheter Idag writes.
Thousands of asylum seeking immigrants on the border between Greece and Macedonia, who wish to travel further north to countries like Germany and Sweden, are now stuck, reports AP.
On Thursday, a large group of men from Iran, who want to go to Europe, were not allowed through. Around 6,000 migrants are reported to be in the border town of Idomeni, and more than half of them come from Iran, Pakistan, Morocco and other countries whose citizens are not granted asylum in Europe.
On photos spreading on Twitter, one can see how a group of angry economic "refugees" unfurled a banner at the border - with the threatening text "Open or die".
The tense situation on the border between Greece and Macedonia, where migrants previously were able to cross the border with relative ease, has emerged as the two countries have decided to introduce a stricter control. Those coming from countries where there is no war, and without any chance of getting asylum in the EU, Greece and Macedonia are now trying to prevent from traveling further.
Over 600,000 migrants have flooded into Greece so far this year, most of them got to the country by sea from Turkey.
Often they have paid large sums of money to smugglers to cross the sea in small crowded boats, with promises of that a rich life awaits them in Europe.
The left-wing government in Greece has stated that the ongoing asylum chaos is very costly for the country. So far, the cost has been over a billion euros ($1,088,401,780) to try to handle the situation - in a country gone broke.
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