Thousands of migrants trying to reach northern Europe are now stranded in Greece after Macedonia closed its border Wednesday, police officials said.

The decision comes a day after Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia closed their borders to transiting migrants, with exceptions being made only for asylum-seekers.

It effectively closes the so-called “Balkan route” taken by many migrants headed for wealthier nations in western Europe, with Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar saying, “The (Balkan) route for illegal migrations no longer exists.”

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