SKOPJE, Macedonia – Macedonian authorities say a police raid has found 128 migrants and refugees hiding in a northern village near the border with Serbia.
Police say the migrants, mostly from Syria and Iraq, have been found in five houses in Vaksince, about 55 kilometers (35 miles) north of the capital, Skopje.
Macedonia has become one of the main transit routes for thousands of migrants from the Middle East and Africa who enter the European Union in Greece from Turkey and then make their way overland on foot to more prosperous northern countries.
Police said Thursday that the owners were renting out the houses for 1,500 euros ($1,685) per month, or were charging the migrants 10 euros ($11) daily for accommodation. Police plan to charge four people with people smuggling.