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‘Absurd’ for migrants to demonstrate to be let into FYROM, Kurz says

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Austria’s foreign minister says it is "absurd" for migrants at Greece’s northern border to demonstrate to be let into Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), a non-European Union nation.

Migrants have been massing in Greece since countries on the Balkan route restricted entry, responding to limits imposed by Austria.

Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz told German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung that if people are demonstrating to be let into FYROM, "it is not about the search for protection, but about the search for a better economic future. That is understandable in human terms, but we cannot offer this."

Kurz said last year’s opening of borders was "a serious mistake" that prompted more migrants to set off. [AP]