More than 5,000 migrants are taken into Serbia in trains laid on by Macedonian authorities after they give up trying to police the border
- 5,000 migrants crossed into Serbia in the early hours of this morning after days at Macedonia's border with Greece
- It follows days of violent clashes with Macedonian police after tens of thousands flooded into the country this month
- Many are injured and a woman gave birth in the crowded reception centre where they now need to get official papers
- Migrants will have three days to legally travel through Serbia to the unpoliced border with Hungary into Europe
More than 5,000 migrants have crossed into Serbia after days of violent clashes with police and they will now continue their journey to central Europe.
Macedonia laid on trains and buses for the migrants after months of policing the border where migrants clashed with police and soldiers in violent scenes this week.
Overwhelmed by the the flood of people, they shot tear gas and stun grenades into the crowds and many of those now in Serbia are believed to still me injured from the clash.
A migrant carries a baby after crossing with other migrants the Serbian-Macedonia border after being trapped for days in Macedonia
Migrants board a train to Serbia in the town of Gevgelija, glad to finally be leaving Macedonia after violent clashes with police
State Serbian TV reported that thousands are now crowded into the reception centre in Serbia and one women was forced to give birth there overnight
Days earlier, police officers were shooting tear gas and stun grenades into the crowds of migrants. Now, this soldier give a child a helping hand onto a train s they are finally allowed to leave
A Serbian policeman assists a child, a migrant from Syria, at a temporary center for refugees on the border between Serbia and Macedonia
These women are helped onto the track by baton-wielding soldier as the thousands of trapped migrants are finally offered a way out
More than 5,000 migrants have crossed into Serbia after weeks stuck in nightmarish no man's land in Macedonia and they can now continue their journey to central Europe
Macedonia laid on trains and buses for the migrants after months of policing the border where migrants clashed with police and soldiers in violent scenes this week
Macedonian police finlly let migrants cross the border near a train station in Idomeni, northern Greece
Migrants leave the train at the Serbian border at the train station in the city of Kumanovo in Macedonia
Migrants wait at a construction site where the Macedonian goverment is builiding a new reception centre from where they will be transported by buses and train into Serbia and then onto the rest of Europe
State Serbian TV reported that thousands are now crowded into the reception centre in Serbia and one women was forced to give birth there overnight.
They are now set to continue their journey toward and un-policed border with Hungary that will take them into Europe after travelling thousands of miles across land and sea.
As police organised the huge transportation operation at a train station in the Macedonian town of Gevgelija, pictures of the crowds seem to tell a different story from that of anguish and desperation days ago.
Just days earlier, pictures showed police and soldiers had been firing tear gas into the crowds and battered migrants with their riot shield as waves of migrants tried to charge them to cross the border.
But touching scenes today show a soldier helping a young girl onto a train by her hand, another carrying young boy in his arms, and others standing calmly in the crowds talking to the migrants.
A record 50,000 migrants, mainly from Syria, hit Greek land by boat in July, forcing them to close their southern border.
A man distributes food supplies to migrants after crossing the Serbian-Macedonia border. It's believed many have not eaten for days
An injured man sits next to migrants after crossing the Serbian-Macedonia border after days stuck in no-man's land
The migrants are now set to continue their journey toward and un-policed border with Hungary that will take them into Europe after travelling thousands of miles across land and sea
Many had slept in the open on the Greek-Macedonian border with little access to food or water and were desperate to get to Serbia
Immigrants cross the Macedonian border and head towards Gevgelia from where they will be transported into Serbia
Immigrants mill around a construction site as they wait to travel through Macedonia to reach northern Europe
Weary migrants walk along the railway and past Macedonian police special forces as they prepare to cross border from Greece into Macedonia, near the village of Idomeni
Exhaused immigrants sit on the train tracks and wait to cross the border near a train station in Idomeni, northern Greece
An exhausted migrant waits in the searing hat on his luggage at a centre for refugees on the border between Macedonia and Serbia
Macedonian special police forces control the departure of migrants to board a train to reach the Serbian Macedonian border
They travelled north on their way to mainland Europe but were stuck in no man's land at the Greek border after neighbouring Macedonia closed its southern frontier.
But Macedonia has now given up policing the border and transported them north to neighbouring Serbia which is better equipped to deal with the flow.
Huge queues formed as migrants from the Middle East, Africa and Asia waited for papers to legalise their transit north through Serbia towards Europe's borderless Schengen zone.
Many had slept in the open on the Greek-Macedonian border with little access to food or water.
Serbia is trying to sign off papers for the migrants which will give them three days to travel through the nation legally.
Serbian Defence Minister Bratislav Gasic, visiting a migrant reception centre on Serbia's southern border with Macedonia, said more than 5,000 people had entered overnight.
Macedonian special police carefully control the departure of 5,000 migrants due to board a train to Serbia
A migrant girl holding a Mickey Mouse stuffed toy waits to cross the border with Macedonia near a train station in Idomeni
Migrants sit on the train tracks and wait for the train that will take them to a better equipped reception centre in Serbia
Officers stand guard as as they oversee a massive transport operation that will see thousands of migrants leave on buses and trains
He added: 'We expect the wave in the next day or two to be of a similar intensity,' reported the Serbian state news agency, Tanjug
'Police are working in three shifts, papers are being issued around the clock.'
People smugglers have thrived this summer on a surge of people fleeing war and poverty which has overwhelmed authorities from the Greek islands to the French port of Calais.
Many undertake dangerous journeys across sea and then cross southern Europe in order to reach wealthier nations like Germany.
German officials expect a record 750,000 asylum-seekers to arrive this year alone.
Migrants wait on a platform in Macedonia to get a permission from police to board a train to Serbia where they can continue their journey to mainland Europe across the Hungarian border
Serbian Defence Minister Bratislav Gasic, visiting a migrant reception centre on Serbia's southern border with Macedonia, said more than 5,000 people had entered overnight
The crowds wait to escape Macedonia, overseen by police and soldiers. Many undertake dangerous journeys across sea and then cross southern Europe in order to reach wealthier nations like Germany
Macedonia declared a state of emergency on Thursday and sealed its southern frontier to migrants pouring in at a rate of 2,000 per day but yesterday organised their transportation
Here, migrants, mainly women and children, wait to board a train they hope will take them to a better place
On the border with Greece, Macedonian police let small groups of migrants cross after it was shut on Thursday. But many still continue to arrive from Greece
In Greece, a car ferry carrying 2,466 migrants from Greek islands, most of them fleeing Syria, docked in Athens on Sunday morning.
It left again two hours later to pick up more. Almost all will head to Macedonia.
Serbia appeared better equipped than Macedonia to handle the surge in numbers, having recently opened the reception centre in the southern town of Presevo.
Macedonia declared a state of emergency on Thursday and sealed its southern frontier to migrants pouring in at a rate of 2,000 per day.
The numbers had overwhelmed the main border railway station and the conservative government, which has a tense relationship with Greece, said enough was enough.
This young woman carries her belongings as she walks along the platform on day when the migrants at last have reason to hope
The pictures taken seem to tell a more pleasant story than the scenes of anguish and despair captures over the last week in Macedonia
That led to desperate scenes at the border before crowds finally tore through police lines on Saturday.
'I watched the news on TV and I was astonished,' said Abdullah Bilal, 41, from the devastated Syrian city of Aleppo.
'I thought I would face the same when I arrive here. But it was very peaceful. The Macedonian police told us "Welcome to Macedonia; trains and buses are waiting for you".'
Mohannad Albayati, 35, from Damascus, travelling with his wife, two children and three brothers, said: 'I passed one step but it is a long road to my destination. With Allah's help I will go to Germany.'
This is one of the young migrants on his way to Serbia, today standing by the riot shields which were raised to block charging crowds earlier in the week but have now been lowered as the tension is released
Most of these migrants hve come from war-torn Syria and are trying to escape violence and persecution in the country
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