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North Macedonia and Bulgaria
North Macedonia’s refugee shelters have been mostly silent since the country closed its border with Greece to migrants, DW’s Macedonian service has reported. According to the IOM report, 35 migrants are currently housed there.
Bulgaria is stepping up border protection due to clashes between refugees and the police in Greece, the Bulgarian interior minister has said. The country’s tough stance on refugees has had a deterrent effect: in 2015 and 2016 each, around 20,000 people applied for asylum in Bulgaria. In 2018, that number had dwindled to 2,500, according the state refugee agency.