On 2 October 2015 in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, three children look out of the window of a train as refugees primarily from the Syrian Arab Republic, Afghanistan and Iraq board the train at a reception center for refugees and migrants, in Gevgelija. From here refugees board a special train that takes them Tabanovce close to the border with Serbia.
In late September 2015 in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, more than 96,800 people have been registered at the border by police near the town of Gevgelija, after entering from Greece, since June 2015. As many as 42,299 people, of whom 35% were women and children have been registered since 1 September. It is estimated that just as many are transiting without being registered. The latest Government Response Plan issued in September indicates that as many as two thirds transit through the country without being registered. Many are escaping conflict and insecurity in their home countries of Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and the Syrian Arab Republic. There are children of all ages traveling with their families. Some are unaccompanied minors aged 1618 years who are traveling in groups with friends. They are arriving in the country from Greece, transiting to Serbia and further to Hungary, from where they generally aim to reach other countries in the European Union.