Ljubljana (AFP) - Migrants hoping to trek from Greece towards northern Europe found their path blocked Wednesday after a string of western Balkan nations slammed shut their borders, exacerbating a dire humanitarian situation on the Macedonian border.
Slovenia and Croatia, two of the countries along the route used by hundreds of thousands of people in recent months, barred entry to transiting migrants from midnight. Serbia indicated it would follow suit.
EU member Slovenia said it would make exceptions only for migrants wishing to claim asylum in the country or for those seeking entry "on humanitarian grounds and in accordance with the rules of the Schengen zone."
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