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© REUTERS / Alexandros AvramidisA refugee walks next to tents following heavy rainfall at a makeshift camp for migrants and refugees at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, Greece, April 24, 2016.
A refugee walks next to tents following heavy rainfall at a makeshift camp for migrants and refugees at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, Greece, April 24, 2016. - Sputnik International
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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) sees the increase in migrant flows into Europe as one of the risks to the economy of the continent's Central, Eastern, and Southeastern (CESEE) regions, a report published on Friday revealed.

French police officers proceed with operations during the eviction of migrants from a camp site in Calais, northern France, on September 21, 2015 - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The fund also named volatile global financial conditions, structurally weak growth in the euro area, significant slowdown in China and rising political risks as other main threats to economic stability in the region.

"Sharp rise in migrant flows and related instabilities due to security dislocations in the Middle East: While this risk may be non-trivial, the impact is likely to be limited to a few countries, particularly with the closure of the Balkan migrant route. The risk is non-negligible for Turkey, where refugee flows may increase in the near term. With the Balkan route now closed, migrants may try to search for alternative routes," the IMF predicted in its list of the main sources of downside risks for the economies of the CESEE states.

Europe has been beset by a massive refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrants fleeing crisis-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa, trying to escape violence and poverty. The majority of them cross the Mediterranean Sea and arrive in the European Union using southern EU nations as transit points.

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