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Dejected and weary, refugees in Greece choose relocation

Amid a raging debate in the EU over how many more refugees to accept, Macedonia and other Balkan states shut their borders to all exiles last week, trapping over 45,000 people in GreeceTen days in the squalid Greek border camp of Idomeni were enough to convince Adel to put his dreams of dashing to Germany on hold and apply for the EU’s refugee relocation scheme. “It was unbearable,” says the 20-year-old finance student from Aleppo, one of a growing number of Syrian and Iraqi refugees who are expressing an interest in the sharing-out programme that until now appeared stalled. A family hotel, the Edelweiss is part of a programme run by the UN refugee agency to accommodate 20,000 refugees eligible for relocation after being trapped in Greece by a domino effect of border closures along the migrant trail to northern Europe.

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