As Macedonia continues to allow entry only to refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, thousands of others are stranded at the border. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Tension remained high at the Greek-Macedonian border on Friday (December 4) following a two-day blockade by migrants stranded on the Greek side of the crossing. Around 3,000 Pakistanis, Moroccans and Iranians have been stuck in no-man's land between Greece and Macedonia for weeks after non-European Union Balkan states began filtering migrants according to nationality. Crowds of migrants jostled as they faced lines of Greek riot police and pushed against the tall metal fence erected by Macedonia, trying to pass through the gates. Protests have swelled among desperate migrants stranded for days in squalid tent camps in temperatures barely above freezing. Macedonia last week began erecting a metal fence to keep out migrants at the Greek border who were trying to get to western Europe. It was the latest in a series of such moves by countries along the main migratory corridor from Greece to Germany. More than 800,000 people, most fleeing war, persecution and poverty in the Middle East, have arrived in Europe this year. The continent has struggled to cope with the unprecedented stream of people. The decision to screen migrants based on nationality has drawn criticism from human rights groups that argue asylum requests should be treated on merit.