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More than 50,400 refugees are stranded in Greece, as of early Monday, just weeks after Western Balkan states sealed their borders in a bid to stop the flow of migrants into Europe, a Greek migrant crisis coordination center said in a statement.
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Last month, Macedonia closed its border with Greece to incoming migrants after other countries along the Balkan migration route closed their borders, including Serbia, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria. The closure of borders along the Western Balkan route has resulted in thousands of refugees being stranded in Greece, particularly along the border with Macedonia.
According to the International Organization for Migration, since the beginning of 2016 nearly 155,000 migrants and refugees have arrived in Europe via the Mediterranean Sea, with nearly 144,000 coming through Greece.