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Thousands of EU-bound migrants cross into Serbia from Macedonia

  • Migrants rush into Serbia over the border with Macedonia near the village of Miratovac, Serbia, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. The more than 5,000 migrants who reached Serbia overnight faced an overcrowded refugee center where they have to apply for asylum — the paper that allows them three days to reach Hungary. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    Migrants rush into Serbia over the border with Macedonia near the village of Miratovac, Serbia, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. The more than 5,000 migrants who reached Serbia overnight faced an overcrowded refugee center where they have to apply for asylum — the paper that allows them three days to reach Hungary. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)  (The Associated Press)

  • Migrants walking from Macedonian border into Serbia, near the village of Miratovac, Serbia, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. The more than 5,000 migrants who reached Serbia overnight faced an overcrowded refugee center where they have to apply for asylum — the paper that allows them three days to reach Hungary. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    Migrants walking from Macedonian border into Serbia, near the village of Miratovac, Serbia, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. The more than 5,000 migrants who reached Serbia overnight faced an overcrowded refugee center where they have to apply for asylum — the paper that allows them three days to reach Hungary. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)  (The Associated Press)

  • Serbian police officers watch a crowd of migrants while they cross from Macedonia to Serbia, in the village of Miratovac near the southern Serbian town of Presevo, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. The more than 5,000 migrants who reached Serbia overnight faced an overcrowded refugee center where they have to apply for asylum — the paper that allows them three days to reach Hungary. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    Serbian police officers watch a crowd of migrants while they cross from Macedonia to Serbia, in the village of Miratovac near the southern Serbian town of Presevo, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. The more than 5,000 migrants who reached Serbia overnight faced an overcrowded refugee center where they have to apply for asylum — the paper that allows them three days to reach Hungary. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)  (The Associated Press)

Thousands of exhausted migrants from the Middle East, Asia and Africa have crossed on foot from Macedonia into Serbia on their way to the European Union.

The rush over the border on Monday came after Macedonia lifted its blockade of its border with Greece, after thousands of migrants stormed past Macedonian police who tried to stop their entry by force.

Some 7,000 migrants, including many women with babies and small children, crossed into Serbia over the weekend by Monday morning. Some were pushed in wheelchairs or walked on crutches.

After entering Serbia, the migrants head further north toward EU-member Hungary from where they want to head to richer EU countries, such as Germany and Sweden.