Syrians ride bicycles to cross landlocked European states

Forbidden from using public transport in Macedonia, thousands of migrants, most of them Syrians, have taken to two wheels to cross this landlocked republic en route to Serbia, then Hungary and Europe’s borderless Schengen zone. The numbers are staggering.

Over 22,000 have been stopped and sought asylum in Serbia so far this year, 6,000 more than the whole of last year and up from roughly 500 in 2010.

A global rights watchdog said Friday that most migrants who have reached the EU so far this year come from Afghanistan, Eritrea, Somalia and Syria, among the world’s worst affected by rights abuses and conflict,.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 12:05 - GMT 09:05