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The Syrian chaotic race to catch the last train into Europe

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A dangerous crush ensues as hundreds of Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis wrestle to climb aboard their quickest means to Belgrade, the last stop en route to Hungary and Europe's borderless Schengen zone. A few police officers and Kurdish man with a large stick represent a half-hearted effort to keep order.

This scene is repeated daily now in Gevgelija, rapidly becoming a new frontline like Kos island in Greece or the French port of Calais in the migrant and refugee crisis engulfing Europe.

A Red Cross official estimated that 2,000 per day are crossing from Greece into Macedonia, up from 1,000 several weeks ago, and converging on the train station.

Many are racing to Hungary before completion of a four-meter (13-foot) high fence along its border with Serbia at the end of August.