Serbia and Macedonia have announced that entry for refugees from Pakistan and some other countries will now be restricted, UN’s refugee agency said on Thursday.
“Since yesterday [Wednesday] afternoon Serbian authorities allow into the country only refugees from Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq,” said United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Melita Sunjic. She added that the refugees are only being admitted once they have documents to prove their status. “They turn back all the others to Macedonia”.
But Macedonia too was only letting in refugees from the three war-ravaged countries. Sunjic said migrants from countries such as Pakistan, Liberia, Morocco, Sri Lanka and Sudan were being turned back from Macedonian borders as well.
Jasmin Redzepi, president of Macedonian NGO LEGIS, told AFP by telephone that Macedonia too was also allowing only Iraqis, Afghans and Syrians into the country.