In a surprise move, on the 9th of February, FYROM authorities forcibly returned 42 Syrian and seven Iraqi nationals to Greece.
They had previously been hosted at the transit camp of Tabanovce, and they did not apply for asylum in FYROM.
Sources at the FYROM Centre for Crisis Management confirmed the returns to News That Moves and noted that the returns were carried out under a readmission agreement with the European Union.
The Centre noted that the return operation was agreed upon with Greek authorities.
The transfer was carried out by FYROM police, without any forewarning.
Among the people returned, there were women, children and elderly. They had been living in the centre for almost a year.
Approximately 50 people of different nationalities remain hosted at Tabanovce.
Both Tabanovce and the second camp in FYROM, Gevgelija, remain functional.
There is currently no additional information available, but News That Moves is following the situation closely.
(Updated on Feb 9, 19.38)