Afghan migrants wait behind a fence to board a bus in the northern Greek border station of Idomeni, on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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Tensions reached boiling point between European states worst affected by the migrant crisis ahead of a meeting of Balkan states Wednesday, as new figures showed no let-up in the influx of people.With migrant and refugee arrivals in Europe surpassing 110,000 in the first two months of the year alone, the United Nations warned border restrictions being imposed by some states could cause chaos. In the latest in a series of measures by European states, Macedonia closed its border to Afghans and introduced more stringent document checks for Syrians and Iraqis seeking to travel to northern and western Europe.The move caused a bottleneck at the Greek-Macedonian border -- where nearly 4,000 people were waiting to get through Tuesday -- and forced Greek police to keep hundreds of others from travelling to the frontier. The arrival last year of more than one million refugees and migrants on Europe's shores, many fleeing war, poverty and persecution, has caused a chain reaction of border clampdowns, in a blow to the EU's border-free Schengen zone.
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