People carry blankets distributed by non-governmental organizations after their arrival at a refugee camp in the northern Greek village of Idomeni Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
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After a night on the Greek-Macedonian frontier in sub-zero temperatures, some 2,000 mainly Syrian refugees Thursday resumed their tortuous trek to northern Europe that was temporarily blocked by a border closure by Skopje.Macedonia this week decided to close its border with Greece, and only reopened it on Thursday for refugees wishing to go to Germany or Austria.Greek police lend a hand by duly adding 'Germany' or 'Austria' to the refugees' registration papers.Leading children's charities have warned that young refugees were at serious risk from the bitterly cold Balkan weather, as figures showed 31,000 refugees and economic migrants had arrived in Greece already this year.More than one million migrants and refugees crossed the Mediterranean Sea to Europe in 2015, nearly half of them Syrians, according to the U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR.
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