At Idomeni, Greece, the despair of thousands of migrants is beginning to take hold as that European crossing at the Macedonia border, remains closed and as other Balkan countries including Slovenia and Serbia, place additional restrictions on the entry of migrants.
And so it has come to pass that in a rain-soaked water pooling field in Greece, the dreams and and hopes of thousands of migrants seeking solace and comfort away from conflict and hardships in their lands, could come to end. That many children make up the 14,000 population of migrants on the Macedonia border does nothing to speed up the registration or asylum process of the migrants. In essence, the borders of Europe are closed to migrants.
"From midnight, there will be no more migration on the Western Balkan route as it took place so far," Slovenia's Interior Ministry announced as reported by Reuters. Thus, Slovenia would bar passage to migrants except those who planned to request asylum in the country or who sought entry for humanitarian reasons, which would be individually assessed, Reuters added. Non-European Union(EU) member, Serbia, said it would follow Slovenia's initiative. "Serbia cannot allow itself to become a collective center for refugees," Serbia's Interior Ministry declared.
Yet, some 34,000 migrants - 14,000 at the Macedonia border, remain discarded within Greece unsure of tomorrow just as they been unsure of yesterday in their native lands while humanity remains non-served in the continuing European migrant saga.