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Still thousands of refugees massing in Idomeni to enter Macedonia...epa05205764 Refugees try to warm themselves with a fire at a refugee camp during a foggy day at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), near Idomeni, northern Greece, 11 March 2016. Greece has registered in its territory some 36,000 migrants trapped due to entry restrictions already imposed by Macedonia in recent months, by denying entry to all those who are considered economic migrants, prohibiting the passage of Afghans, and finally denying entry to all Syrians and Iraqis who are not from combat areas.  EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDIS

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Refugees try to warm themselves with a fire at a refugee camp during a foggy day at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia near Idomeni, Greece 

Refugee warm themselves by a fire at the Greek-Macedonian border near the Greek village of Idomeni, where thousands of refugees and migrants are trapped by the Balkan border blockade

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Refugees warm themselves by a fire at the Greek-Macedonian border near the Greek village of Idomeni, where thousands of refugees and migrants are trapped by the Balkan border blockade

Greek Island Of Lesbos On The Frontline Of the Migrant Crisis...MITHYMNA, GREECE - MARCH 10:  Hundreds of used life vests lie on a makeshift rubbish dump hidden in the hills above the town on March 10, 2016 in Mithymna, Greece. Local authorities start to clean the beaches from life vests and destroyed dinghies, used by refugees and migrants after crossing the sea from Turkey to Lesbos. The village of Mithymna is the northest town of the Island of Lesbos and located 75 kilometres north of the Capitol Mytilini. Migrants and refugees are still arriving on the shores of the Island of Lesbos, while Joined Forces of the Standing NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) Maritime Group 2 are patrolling the coast of the greek Island of Lesbos and the turkish coast. Turkey has announced on Monday to take back illegal migrants from Syria and to exchange those with legal migrants.  (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)

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Hundreds of used life jackets lie on a makeshift rubbish dump in the hills above the town in Mithymna, Greece. Local authorities start to clean the beaches from life vests and destroyed dinghies, used by refugees and migrants after crossing the sea from Turkey to Lesbos 

A man washes his face close to a shelter for refugees and migrants at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece

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A man washes his face close to a shelter for refugees and migrants at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece

A boy looks at Greek police as refugees

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A boy looks at Greek police as refugees and migrants block the train tracks calling for the opening of the borders at the Greek-Macedonian border near the Greek village of Idomeni on Thursday

Refugees walk to a registration camp after crossing the border  Greek-Macedonian near the town of Gevgelija

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Refugees walk to a registration camp after crossing the Greek-Macedonian border near the town of Gevgelija

A refugee pours water over a woman who collapsed after losing her child during a mass panic after Macedonian police used tear gas against refugees at the Greek-Macedonian near the village of Idomeni.

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A refugee pours water over a woman who collapsed after losing her child during a mass panic, after Macedonian police used tear gas against refugees at the Greek-Macedonian near the village of Idomeni.

TOPSHOT - A girl holds a bag with clothes outside the old international airport, which is being used as a shelter for refugees and migrants, in Athens February 28, 2016. Greece said the number of refugees and migrants on its soil could more than triple next month, reaching as many as 70,000, as a cap on border crossings by Balkan countries left them "trapped" in the country.  / AFP / ANGELOS TZORTZINISANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images

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A girl holds a bag with clothes outside the old international airport, which is being used as a shelter for refugees and migrants, in Athens. Greece said the number of refugees and migrants on its soil could more than triple next month, reaching as many as 70,000, as a cap on border crossings by Balkan countries left them “trapped” in the country

Refugees situation in Greece...epa05165620 Volunteers of an NGO direct refugees and migrants arriving in a dinghy from Turkey to the coast of Mytilini, on the island of Lesvos, Greece, 17 February 2016. Around 1 million people, including many refugees from war zones in the Middle East and Central Asia, passed through Greece and along the Balkan route in 2015, most of them in the latter half of the year.  EPA/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU

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Volunteers of an NGO direct refugees and migrants arriving in a dinghy from Turkey to the coast of Mytilini, on the island of Lesvos, Greece 

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Riot policemen try to avoid a petrol bomb thrown by protesters during a 24-hour nationwide general strike in Athens, on Thursday. Clashes have broken out between Greek police and youths throwing fire bombs and stones, as tens of thousands of people march through central Athens to protest planned pension reforms.

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A man grasps a bag of tangerines as people receive free produce, handed out by farmers, during a protest over the government’s proposal to overhaul the country’s ailing pension system in Athens, Greece 

Lawyers wave their ties during a rally in central Athens against the social security reforms proposed by the government, on Thursday.   Thousands of scientists, doctors, lawyers, engineers and self employed professionals participated in the massive rally, in protest againt a government draft bill regarding reforms in the countrys pension system

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Lawyers wave their ties during a rally in central Athens against the social security reforms proposed by the government, on Thursday.
Thousands of scientists, doctors, lawyers, engineers and self employed professionals participated in the massive rally, in protest againt a government draft bill regarding reforms in the countrys pension system

A Syrian refugee and two children arrive aboard the passenger ferry Ariadne at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece, January 4, 2016.

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A Syrian refugee and two children arrive aboard the passenger ferry Ariadne at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece

An Iraqi man disembarks from a dinghy on a beach after his trip with other refugees and migrants from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. European Union leaders on Thursday set a six-month deadline for deciding whether to push ahead with plans for a border guard agency that could deploy to member states unable or unwilling to manage their borders as thousands of migrants continue to arrive in Europe daily.

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An Iraqi man disembarks from a dinghy on a beach after his trip with other refugees and migrants from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos on Friday

A boy carries a basket of laundry as another child follows him inside Eleonas refugee camp near central Athens Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Financially stricken Greece is the main entry point for asylum-seekers trying to enter the 28-nation European Union. More than 700,000 people have arrived so far this year but few want to remain in the country, with almost all heading to more prosperous European nations.

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A boy carries a basket of laundry as another child follows him inside Eleonas refugee camp near central Athens Monday. Financially stricken Greece is the main entry point for asylum-seekers trying to enter the 28-nation European Union

Refugees and migrants wait for buses lea...Refugees and migrants wait for buses leading them to the city centre, after disembarking from a government chartered ferry in a port of Piraeus near Athens on December 10, 2015.  More than 4000 refugees arrived to the port from the Greek islands of Lesbos and Chios with the majority of them heading by buses to the Greek-Macedonian border.  Greece said on December 10, 2015 it would seek to deport economic migrants, who had been blocked at its border with Macedonia after Skopje clamped down on entry, if they are not entitled to asylum. "Those without papers, the so-called illegal migrants, have the right to request asylum (or) the right to voluntary repatriation," junior interior minister for migration Yiannis Mouzalas told reporters.

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Refugees and migrants wait for buses leading them to the city centre, after disembarking from a government chartered ferry in a port of Piraeus near Athens on Thursday

Women covered with thermal blankets after their arrival with other migrants and refugees on a dinghy from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos.

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Women covered with thermal blankets after their arrival with other migrants and refugees on a dinghy from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos

A man sits on rail tracks as migrants and refugees wait to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near Idomeni on December 8, 2015.  Since last week, Macedonia has restricted passage to northern Europe to only Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans who are considered war refugees. All other nationalities are deemed economic migrants and told to turn back, leaving over 1,500 people stuck on the border, mostly Indian, Moroccan, Bangladeshi and Pakistani.

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A man sits on rail tracks as migrants and refugees wait to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near Idomeni on Thursday.
Macedonia has restricted passage to northern Europe to only Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans who are considered war refugees

A man hugs a girl on Thursday, after refugees and migrants arrived  on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey. More than 886,000 migrants have arrived in Europe by sea so far this year, according to the latest UN figures.

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A man hugs a girl on Thursday, after refugees and migrants arrived on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey

A woman shouts as stranded migrants from Somalia protest in front of the border fence, demanding to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near the northern Greek village of Idomeni, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. Hundreds of migrants are stranded on the Greek side, as dozens of them decided to go back in Athens, after Macedonia blocked access to citizens of countries that are not being fast-tracked for asylum in the European Union

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A woman shouts as stranded migrants from Somalia protest in front of the border fence, demanding to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near the northern Greek village of Idomeni, Wednesday