How they cross the borders

«We went to Greece on foot. We walked for four days. We were injured when we tried to escape the police. We had many ‘adventures’ during this trip to Greece because it was very dangerous.» Mirela, 15 years old now, describes her first journey to Greece when she was 4 years old. This was at a time when trafficking in children was at its all-time high, when thousands of migrants, walking for days through forbidding routes, were making their way to the «Land of Opportunity.» Today, migrants travel by car. The journey is more organized and less dangerous for children and adults alike. Via Skopje – where traffickers obtain forged papers – they end up on the border between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece. The crossing is then done on foot and takes two hours. Another car picks them up on the Greek side and takes them to Florina from where they are then scattered around the country.

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