Macedonia Sends 1,500 Migrants Back to Greece After Border Violation

© REUTERS / Marko DjuricaMigrants walk through a frozen field after crossing the border from Macedonia, near the village of Miratovac, Serbia, January 18, 2016.
Migrants walk through a frozen field after crossing the border from Macedonia, near the village of Miratovac, Serbia, January 18, 2016. - Sputnik International
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Macedonia has deported about 1,500 illegal migrants to Greece on Monday, a press officer with the Macedonian Interior Ministry told Sputnik on Tuesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik), Alexander Mosesov — Macedonia has sent 1,500 migrants who illegally crossed the border back to Greece on Monday, a press officer with the Macedonian Interior Ministry told Sputnik on Tuesday.

On Monday, about 1,500 people managed to reach the Macedonian border village of Moin, having illegally walked across the border from Greece, while about 600 others were detected right at the border and were prevented from crossing.

"All of them [were sent back to Greece]… The situation in Macedonia was that 1,500 migrants illegally crossed the border and entered the village of Moin in the region of the municipality of Gevgelija, another 600 were found on the borderline between Macedonia and Greece and they were not allowed to enter illegally into Macedonia. And the 1,500 migrants who illegally entered Macedonia were sent back to Greece," the press officer said.

Macedonian Army engineers build a fence on the border line between Macedonia and Greece, near southern Macedonian town of Gevgelija, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. - Sputnik International
Migrants Arriving in Macedonia to Be Returned to Greek Territory
The migrants left a refugee camp in the Greek town of Idomeni near Macedonia to find a spot on the border between the two countries where it would be possible to cross over.

The incident comes after the closure of borders along the so-called Western Balkan migrant route, which has resulted in more than 10,000 refugees being stranded in Greece, along its border with Macedonia.

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