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Thousands of Afghans stranded in Greece as Macedonia shuts border

February 22
13:00 2016

Thousands of migrants were left stranded in Greece Monday after Macedonia abruptly closed it border to Afghans, creating a fresh bottleneck as European countries scramble to respond to the continent's worst refugee crisis since World War II. Overall, some 8,000 people were trapped on Greece's northern frontier and at the port of Piraeus after Macedonia introduced the measure on Sunday in a bid to stem an unrelenting influx of migrants. Greece said it would provide emergency shelter for the blocked migrants while working to find a solution with non-European Union member Macedonia.

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