Greek minister urges migrants to leave Greece's northern border

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5 April 2019

Greece on Friday urged hundreds of migrants and refugees who have gathered in a field close to the country’s northern border to return to their housing settlements, otherwise they could face sanctions, ONA reports citing Reuters. 

Small groups of people including children arrived at a field next to the migrant camp of Diavata near the border with North Macedonia on Thursday.

“I am appealing to those people right now...to return to the accommodation centers,” Greek Migration Minister Dimitris Vitsas told local media.

“It’s a lie that the borders will open,” he said. “In international treaties, there are obligations but there are also sanctions”.

Police parked buses across a road in the area to block an access route.

Vitsas said he hoped those in the field would leave by night.

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