Hundreds of migrants and refugees wait to cross from Greece into Macedonia on their way towards western Europe. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Hundreds of migrants formed long lines at the Greek-Macedonian border on Saturday (September 12), as they waited to continue their journeys across Europe. Greece, struggling to cope with an influx of migrants on its islands, mostly Syrian refugees fleeing war, this week began fast-tracking refugees off its worst-hit island, Lesbos, laying on extra ferries after a sharp increase in arrivals. About 8,500 migrants disembarked at the port of Piraeus near the Greek capital over the last two days, while another 2,500 arrived on Saturday morning (September 12). The vast majority of arrivals head north to the border with Macedonia, where an official with the United Nations refugee agency said some 7,600 had crossed in the 24 hours to Thursday evening, far more than previously. More than 430,000 refugees and migrants have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe so far in 2015, a record number that is more than double the total for the whole of last year, the International Organisation for Migration said on Friday (September 11). The United Nations refugee agency has called for decent mass reception centres to be set up immediately in Greece, Italy and Hungary, on the front lines of a huge influx of refugees being received in "appalling conditions".