UN assists refugees at border between Greece and former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

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A young Syrian refugee carries his brother across the border between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), near Eidomeni, Greece, in June 2015. Photo: UNHCR/A. McConnell

The swelling number of refugees and migrants stranded at border between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are receiving assistance from the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR.

UNHCR said the situation has been noticeably calmer and more orderly since Sunday, when almost 2,000 people crossed into the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Siobhán Garside reports.

The Refugee Agency and its partners have delivered food, water, sanitary items, and plastic sheeting and blankets to refugees and migrants on the Greek side of the border.

Most of the arrivals crossing into the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia said they had fled the war in Syria.

UNHCR has set up a resting point to shield the refugees from the sun and rain, and it is providing legal counseling for those heading north to Serbia.

The agency said more than 10,000 people had reached Serbia since Saturday night.

Vincent Cochetel, the agency's bureau chief in Europe, called on the European Union to increase help to the three countries, warning that the refugee problem "will not go away anytime soon".

Siobhán Garside, United Nations.

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