Macedonia declares 'state of emergency' over migrant influx

Macedonia declares 'state of emergency' over migrant influx
Migrants wait to cross the Macedonian-Greek border near the town of Gevgelija on August 20, 2015. A record 107,500 migrants crossed the European Union's borders last month, according to new figures on August 17, showing they are arriving in dramatically increasing numbers and creating a humanitarian crisis for the 28-nation bloc.

SKOPJE - Macedonia said Thursday it had declared a "state of emergency" on its southern border with Greece and would draft in the army to help control the influx of migrants crossing the frontier.

"Due to an increasing pressure on the southern border... it is estimated that bigger and more efficient control is needed in the region where illegal border crossings from the Greek side have been massively registered," a government statement said.

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