President Ivanov warns a new wave of refugees

President Ivanov warns a new wave of refugees

Skopje, 29 June 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Macedonian president, George Ivanov has warned that the country may face a second influx of emigrants during the summer.

According to Ivanov, this is a new wave of emigrants which has departed from Egypt. The number is around 5 million and they may reach the border through Turkey and Greece.

“We have received warnings for a second wave of emigrants who are expected to arrive this summer and this experience will be different to the previous one. This second wave has departed from Egypt, where there are currently five million emigrants. Meanwhile, on the border with Sudan there are around 20 million potential emigrants”, Ivanov said. According to him, the authorities of the country are ready to face a new wave of emigrants.

Refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq continue to be present in FYROM, but recently, authorities have been worried about an increase of illegal emigrants, who use illegal routes and the territory of the country as transit.

133 refugees have been registered in the refugee camp in Gevgelija and according to the Government Center for the Management of Crises, they want to leave the country.

This center also says that last week, over 20 refugees who had entered the country illegally, have been deported to Greece.

This month, the Ministry of Interior has prevented several groups of illegal refugees, which have been caught while they were travelling from Gevgelija to Tabanovce on the border with Serbia.

Based on a report published by the Ministry of Interior, over 20 refugees were stopped last week. The ministry also says that the number of illegal crossings has increased. /