Aerial footage shows thousands of migrants still stranded at a Greek border camp, stalled on their journey to western Europe. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Thousands of migrants remained stranded at a Greek border camp on Thursday, stalled on their journey to western Europe by the razor-wire fence erected by Macedonia. The Balkan route via which most migrants hope to reach Germany and other wealthy European Union countries has been effectively shut down by Western Balkan states. The route was used by nearly a million people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and Asia over the last year in Europe's biggest refugee influx since World War Two. Conditions at the Idomeni border camp are poor, with tents pitched on muddy ground and a dire lack of sanitation facilities. Authorities estimate at least 12,000 people, including thousands of children, are stuck there. Concerns have grown about the possible spread of infections. EU leaders were due to attend a two-day summit beginning in Brussels on Thursday to discuss a provisional deal with Turkey to stem the flow of migrants in return for concessions to Ankara. Under the draft plan, the EU would take in one Syrian refugee coming from Turkey in exchange for every one migrant returned to Turkey.