Balkan Police to Cooperate

Refugees and migrants try to break an iron fence from the Greek side of the border as Macedonian police stand guard, near the northern Greek village of Idomeni on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. Macedonian police fired tear gas and stun guns Monday as several hundred Iraqi and Syrian refugees, frustrated at days of delays in crossing the Greek-Macedonian border, broke down a gate on a nearby rail crossing. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)


IDOMENI— Senior police officials from countries along the so-called Balkan migrant corridor have agreed to work together to establish a flow of migrants along the route that will ease the pressure at the border between Greece and FYROM.

Officials from FYROM, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria said Tuesday that control of the region’s borders is crucial to prevent illegal entry, while allowing through those who have the right to seek asylum in EU countries. They say joint profiling of migrants is necessary to determine who can proceed.

Serbian police director Vladimir Rebic says “we didn’t discuss quotas, but how to prevent misuse.” He warns uncontrolled migrant flows present a security risk.

Tighter entry rules by the Balkan countries have slowed down the movement along the route, leaving thousands stranded in Greece.