An elderly woman is pictured after arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey. More than 400,000 refugees, mostly Syrians and Afghans, arrived in Greece since early January while dozens were drowned trying to make the crossing. In total 710,000 have entered the EU through Greece and Italy during the same period, according to the European Agency Frontex border surveillance. The migration issue has caused deep divisions within the European Union, which is trying to set the distribution of migrants among its member countries or limit the flow.
Migrants and refugees queue near a registration camp after crossing the Macedonian-Greek border near Gevgelija on Monday. Macedonia is a key transit country in the Balkans migration route into the EU
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A woman walks on the railway track on her way to a temporary holding centre for migrants after crossing the borderline between Serbia and Hungary near Roszke, southern Hungary today.
Belgian riot police stand covered in straw sprayed from a combine harvester by European farmers during a protest blocking access to the European institutions in Brussels on Monday
Sculptures of dairy cows hang on tractors cranes as farmers and dairy farmers from all over Europe take part in a demonstration outside an European Union farm ministers emergency meeting at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Thousands of farmers gathered in the European capital calling for more help with low prices and high costs in the European Union’s largest agricultural producer country.
Migrants break through the cordon of Macedonian police forces, near the town of Gevgelija, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The Gevgelija-Presevo journey is just a part of the journey that the refugees, the vast majority of them from Syria, are forced to make along the so-called Balkan corridor, which takes them from Turkey, across Greece, Macedonia and Serbia to Hungary, the gateway to the European Union.
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Migrants protest outside a train that they are refusing to leave for fear of being taken to a refugee camp from the train which has been held at Bicske station since yesterday in Bicske, near Budapest, Hungary. According to the Hungarian authorities a record number of migrants from many parts of the Middle East, Africa and Asia are crossing the border from Serbia. Since the beginning of 2015 the number of migrants using the so-called Balkans route has exploded with migrants arriving in Greece from Turkey and then travelling on through Macedonia and Serbia before entering the EU via Hungary. The massive increase, said to be the largest migration of people since World War II, led Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban to order Hungary’s army to build a steel and barbed wire security barrier along its entire border with Serbia, after more than 100,000 asylum seekers from a variety of countries and war zones entered the country so far this year.
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Syrian refugees and migrants along a railway line as they try to cross from Serbia into Hungary near Horgos. European Union leaders called for action to defend the “dignity” of migrants ahead of fresh emergency talks, as tensions flared on the bloc’s eastern borders over the escalating crisis.
Migrants sleep on a bench at a park in Belgrade, Serbia on Friday. Over 10,000 migrants, including many women with babies and small children, have crossed into Serbia over the past few days and headed toward Hungary and the EU Schengen Area
Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos reacts as deputies attempt to disrupt his speech during a night parliamentary session in Athens, Greece, early on Friday. Greek lawmakers debated a draft bill on the latest bailout deal, which the government hopes will be approved ahead of a euro zone finance ministers meeting in Brussels on Friday.
Migrants sleep outside a train station in Budapest, Hungary. While Hungary is an avenue rather than a destination for the migrants, the central European country is increasingly weary and polarised as the influx grows
Migrants walk along railway tracks on their way to catch a train heading to the Serbian border, at the train station in Gevgelija, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on Tuesday
Migrants wait on the Greek side of the border to enter in Macedonia near city of Gevgelija, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on Monday. Thousands of migrants who crossed Greece are on their way through Macedonia towards Serbia in order to access other European countries
Migrants sleep at the main railway station in Belgrade, on Monday. Migrants cross Serbia to join other European countries, as it has land borders with three EU countries – Romania, Hungary and Croatia
A pensioner wait to receive part of his pension at a National Bank branch in Athens, Greece on Monday
Outgoing Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis puts his helmet on as he is surrounded by media after his resignation in Athens on Monday
People celebrate in Athens early Monday after the Greeks rejected further austerity dictated by the country’s EU-IMF creditors in a referendum
Migrants stand in a queue near the police station in the southern Serbian town of Presevo, near the border with Macedonia, on Thursday. Illegal immigrants cross Serbia on their way to other European countries as it has land access to three members of the 28-nation bloc, Romania, Hungary and Croatia
A woman pulling a shopping cart reacts outside a closed Eurobank branch in Athens. Greece closed its banks and imposed capital controls on Sunday to check the growing strains on its crippled financial system, bringing the prospect of being forced out of the euro into plain sight.
A woman walks past a graffiti by Greek street artist Cacao Rocks in Athens. Greece failed again to clinch a deal with its international creditors on Thursday, setting up a last-ditch effort on Saturday to avert a default next week or start preparing to protect the euro zone from financial market turmoil