Monday, October 26, 2015

Greece, Macedonia, Albania to Strengthen Border Control

© AP Photo/ Borce Popovski

Greece, Macedonia and Albania committed to tighten control over their external borders.

BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — Greece, Macedonia and Albania committed to tighten control over their external borders, a joint plan adopted on a meeting of the leaders of both EU members and non-EU states said. Earlier on Sunday, the leaders of 11 European countries, as well as EU agencies agreed on the 17-point joint plan of actions to cope with Western Balkans migration flows.
“Greece, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Albania will strengthen the management of the external land border,” the plan published on Sunday said.
According to the plan, EU border agency Frontex should also assist Greece in the registration of refugees and migrants who have not yet been registered in the country.
Europe has been beset by an enormous refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrants fleeing to Europe to escape violence and poverty in their home countries. Over 710,000 migrants arrived in the European Union during the first nine months of 2015, according to Frontex.

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