Greek police say 400 migrants walk out of camp

Greek police say 400 migrants walk out of camp

Police in northern Greece say 400 mostly Syrian migrants have walked out of a transit camp near Greece’s second largest city, Thessaloniki, and are heading toward the country's border with Former Yugloslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).

Some 2,000 migrants were taken to the newly built camp on Wednesday as authorities scrambled to cope with delays at the border after Balkan countries imposed transit restrictions at the weekend.

But the 400 migrants from Syria and Iraq demanded to be allowed to leave on Thursday and began walking or seeking others means of transport to reach the border town of Idomeni, some 70 kilometers (45 miles) to the north.

Greece does not detain migrants from Syria, Iraq and several other countries considered eligible for asylum.


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