Greece has begun bringing migrants back to Athens from its northern border with Macedonia.
Restrictions in countries along the mainland route to Western Europe have left huge crowds building up behind a bottleneck at the frontier. More than 450 migrants, mainly Afghan nationals, were taken back to reception centers in the capital.
Athens has filed a rare diplomatic protest with fellow EU member Austria for excluding Greek officials from a high-level meeting on measures aimed at curbing Europe’s biggest inward migration since the Second World War.
The Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias described it as a “unilateral and unfriendly act.”
Austria, the last country on the overland route to Germany, said last week it had imposed a daily limit of 3,000 migrants passing through. The country will only process 80 asylum claims a day.
Hungary says it will shut off three railway crossings used by migrants from February 22nd.
Slovenia has erected a fence on its southern border with Croatia to ensure migrants can only enter via official border crossings.
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