Thousands of migrants and their families, many fleeing conflict zones in the Middle East, wait at a congested border crossing between Greece and Macedonia to reach northern Europe. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Hundreds of migrants, many of them refugees from the Syrian war, queued by the railroad tracks on Friday (September 11) at a congested border crossing to pass from Greece into Macedonia. Migrants are flowing in increasing numbers through the Balkan peninsula towards Hungary, as Greece ferries them from inundated islands to Athens, from where they head north to the Macedonian border. Some 7,600 migrants entered Macedonia from Greece between 6 p.m. (1600 GMT) on Thursday (September 10) and 6 a.m. (0400 GMT) on Friday, according to the United Nations refugee agency. Crossing Greece is just one of many challenges facing the migrants in a Europe where their reception ranges from hospitality to hostility. The last leg on their journey before they get into the European Union's Schengen passport-free zone is Serbia's border with Hungary, which Hungarian authorities have reinforced by constructing a fence and stepping up patrols, arresting hundreds who try crossing it on foot.