Police clash with migrants at Greek-Macedonian border

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Violent clashes broke out on Thursday between Macedonian police and hundreds of migrants as they attempted to break through the fence at Idomneni on the Greek-Macedonian border. Macedonia, along with several European countries, including EU members, has toughened the criteria for approving entry into the country in the wake of the Paris attacks on November 13.

Four Balkan governments, led by Slovenia, enacted measures on November 17 blocking access for refugees and migrants that could not prove citizenship from Syria, Afghanistan or Iraq, on the grounds that any migrants from outside these countries are 'economically motivated.'