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3,000 Europe-Bound Migrants Pass Through Macedonia Daily

© AP Photo / Alexandros AvramidisMigrants rest on a railway track at the Greek-Macedonian border, August 21, 2015
Migrants rest on a railway track at the Greek-Macedonian border, August 21, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Around 3,000 migrants from Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq pass through the Balkan nation of Macedonia every day on their way to Europe, a UN children’s agency said Tuesday.

MOSCOW, (Sputnik) — The agency said the number of women taking this route to more affluent countries in the European Union had upped by 10 percent since June. About 12 percent of them are said to be pregnant.

"An estimated 3,000 people are transiting through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia daily. A third of them are women and children," UNICEF said in a press release.

Over 52,000 people have been registered since June at the Gevgelija reception center in southwestern Macedonia on the border with Greece, although UNICEF said that just as many transited through the country without being registered.

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"Many families have been on the move with their children for months, enduring searing hot days, arriving with only the clothes and shoes they are wearing. They are physically exhausted and in desperate need of a place to rest," the press release said.

According to the EU border agency Frontex, over 340,000 refugees illegally crossed the European Union's external borders between January and July 2015, which is three times higher than during the same period in the previous year.

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