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Afghan Migrants, Stalled at Macedonian Border, Sent Back to Athens

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Refugees and migrants make their way to reach the borderline to Macedonia, near the northern Greek village of Idomeni, on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016.

Refugees and migrants make their way to reach the borderline to Macedonia, near the northern Greek village of Idomeni, on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016.

Greek police have begun removing hundreds of migrants from a camp at the country's border with Macedonia.

The migrants, most of them from Afghanistan, were placed on buses bound for the Greek capital of Athens early Tuesday, where they will be housed in an army-built camp. Thousands of migrants have been encamped at Idomeni since Macedonia imposed tighter restrictions on migrants seeking to enter the country.

The deadlock along the Greek-Macedonian border is part of the biggest refugee crisis to plague Europe since World War lI. More than one million migrants and refugees, fleeing war and poverty in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere, arrived in 2015, many of them traveling from Turkey to nearby Greece.

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