Thousands of migrants -- many of them refugees from Syria's civil war -- surged through the Balkans yesterday en route to western Europe, riding by boat and bus in an organized effort by cash-stripped governments to move them on as swiftly as possible, the Reuters website reports today (August 25, 2015).
Eight thousand poured into Serbia in the space of 24 hours, trekking three miles from the border to a reception center in the town of Presevo, where buses were waiting to carry them north. A one-way ticket cost 25 euros. Buses left every few minutes.
Extra trains and buses ran regularly also from Macedonia's southern border, which has been inundated since Greece began ferrying migrants from Greek islands to the mainland at a rate of 2,500 a day.
A record of 50,000 migrants hit Greek shores in July alone, straining the resources of a country going through one of the worst economic crises of modern times.