In response to the more than 160,000 migrants arriving this year, and to ease the overcrowding on the islands, the Greek government charters a ferry that registers and transports over 2500 migrants to Greece’s main port near Athens. Most migrants do not want to stay in Greece and head north to Greece’s border with Macedonia with the aim of going through the Balkans toward the more prosperous European nations such as Germany, the Netherlands and the Scandinavian countries. However, Macedonia plans to step up security on the border to block the route.
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