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Greece tries to tackle 'open border' rumors among refugees

  • Migrants sleep on train tracks near the makeshift refugee camp at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Monday, March 28, 2016. Over 11,000 refugees and migrants stranded at this makeshift encampment, some for weeks, after Balkan countries on what used to be the busiest migrant route to central and northern Europe shut down their borders. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    Migrants sleep on train tracks near the makeshift refugee camp at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Monday, March 28, 2016. Over 11,000 refugees and migrants stranded at this makeshift encampment, some for weeks, after Balkan countries on what used to be the busiest migrant route to central and northern Europe shut down their borders. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman walks through the makeshift refugee camp at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Monday, March 28, 2016. Over 11,000 refugees and migrants stranded at this makeshift encampment, some for weeks, after Balkan countries on what used to be the busiest migrant route to central and northern Europe shut down their borders. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    A woman walks through the makeshift refugee camp at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Monday, March 28, 2016. Over 11,000 refugees and migrants stranded at this makeshift encampment, some for weeks, after Balkan countries on what used to be the busiest migrant route to central and northern Europe shut down their borders. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)  (The Associated Press)

  • A girl walks through the makeshift refugee camp at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Monday, March 28, 2016. Over 11,000 refugees and migrants stranded at this makeshift encampment, some for weeks, after Balkan countries on what used to be the busiest migrant route to central and northern Europe shut down their borders. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    A girl walks through the makeshift refugee camp at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Monday, March 28, 2016. Over 11,000 refugees and migrants stranded at this makeshift encampment, some for weeks, after Balkan countries on what used to be the busiest migrant route to central and northern Europe shut down their borders. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)  (The Associated Press)

Greece's government is appealing to volunteers and aid groups working with desperate refugees on the border to make sure the migrants don't get misinformation like reports that led hundreds to leave a refugee camp on a failed, hours-long trek to try to enter Macedonia.

Migration affairs spokesman Giorgos Kyritsis said Monday the government was trying to communicate directly with refugees in the Idomeni camp on Greece's northern border and was sending in a team of interpreters. The move comes after refugees said activists in Idomeni had been urging people over the weekend to march on the Macedonian border, saying it would be reopened.

Two weeks ago, similar rumors saw more than 1,000 people attempt to enter Macedonia by crossing a swollen creek, only to be arrested and sent back.