BERLIN – The United Nations on Tuesday forecast a steady flow of 3,000 refugees a day through the Balkans in coming months, a few hours after a sports facility intended to shelter 100 asylum applicants burned down in what German police said they suspected was the latest of more than 200 attacks this year against migrants.
Officials have scrambled to find or adapt decent places to shelter the new arrivals in Germany, where the struggle to stop anti-immigrant violence has vied with news of a mass migration not seen in Europe since the wars that ripped apart Yugoslavia in the 1990s.
About 3,000 people are expected to cross into Macedonia from Greece every day in coming months, the U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday, as they make their way to wealthier countries in northern Europe. “We do not see any end to the influx of people in coming months,” Melissa Fleming, chief spokeswoman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, said in Geneva. She cited continued violence in Syria and Iraq and deteriorating conditions for refugees in overcrowded camps and homes in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon.
New York Times