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Refugees Unwelcome: border closures and freezing temperatures

A disabled refugee at the transit camp in Idomeni near Greece's border with Macedonia. Many refugees and migrants making the journey through Europe are elderly or disabled. NGOs provide them with wheelchairs and medical assistance.
Dimitris Tosidis/IRIN

Refugees and migrants attempting to pass through the tiny village of Idomeni near Greece’s border with Macedonia are paying the price for the introduction of ever more restrictive border policies by countries further north. Over the weekend, thousands were forced to sleep outside in temperatures that dipped to -8 degrees Celsius as Macedonia admitted only small numbers of refugees for a few hours a day.

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