Europe

Migrants: Greece sees jump in border crossings

  • In this Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 photo, a Greek police officer patrols next to the border fence between Greece and Macedonia, near the northern Greek border station of Idomeni. Despite Macedonia's construction of a fence, dozens of people try to sneak across the border every day, hoping to make their way to Europe's prosperous heartland. Police have been detaining about 50 people daily, and arresting members of smuggling gangs that promise to get migrants to their destinations. About 60,000 refugees and other migrants are trapped in financially-struggling Greece. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

    In this Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 photo, a Greek police officer patrols next to the border fence between Greece and Macedonia, near the northern Greek border station of Idomeni. Despite Macedonia's construction of a fence, dozens of people try to sneak across the border every day, hoping to make their way to Europe's prosperous heartland. Police have been detaining about 50 people daily, and arresting members of smuggling gangs that promise to get migrants to their destinations. About 60,000 refugees and other migrants are trapped in financially-struggling Greece. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 photo, a Greek police officer patrols next to the border fence between Greece and Macedonia, near the northern Greek border station of Idomeni. Despite Macedonia's construction of a fence, dozens of people try to sneak across the border every day, hoping to make their way to Europe's prosperous heartland. Police have been detaining about 50 people daily, and arresting members of smuggling gangs that promise to get migrants to their destinations. About 60,000 refugees and other migrants are trapped in financially-struggling Greece. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

    In this Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 photo, a Greek police officer patrols next to the border fence between Greece and Macedonia, near the northern Greek border station of Idomeni. Despite Macedonia's construction of a fence, dozens of people try to sneak across the border every day, hoping to make their way to Europe's prosperous heartland. Police have been detaining about 50 people daily, and arresting members of smuggling gangs that promise to get migrants to their destinations. About 60,000 refugees and other migrants are trapped in financially-struggling Greece. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 photo, a child looks on in an unfinished building site, near the train station at Thessaloniki, Greece,  which migrants and other refugees use as a temporary shelter before their attempt to illicitly cross the Greek-Macedonian border. Despite Macedonia's construction of a fence, dozens of people try to sneak across the border every day, hoping to make their way to Europe's prosperous heartland. Police have been detaining about 50 people daily, and arresting members of smuggling gangs that promise to get migrants to their destinations. About 60,000 refugees and other migrants are trapped in financially-struggling Greece(AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)

    In this Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 photo, a child looks on in an unfinished building site, near the train station at Thessaloniki, Greece, which migrants and other refugees use as a temporary shelter before their attempt to illicitly cross the Greek-Macedonian border. Despite Macedonia's construction of a fence, dozens of people try to sneak across the border every day, hoping to make their way to Europe's prosperous heartland. Police have been detaining about 50 people daily, and arresting members of smuggling gangs that promise to get migrants to their destinations. About 60,000 refugees and other migrants are trapped in financially-struggling Greece(AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)  (The Associated Press)

Police in northern Greece say 214 Syrian refugees have been detained after crossing a river that forms a natural border with Turkey.

Wednesday's announcement marked the second recent mass crossing of the Evros River — 107 refugees were detained in the same border area last week.

A police official told The Associated Press that refugees and other migrants were taking advantage of current low river levels near the border town of Orestiada. The official was not authorized to speak to the news media and asked not to be identified.

Migrants are seeking alternative routes to the European Union after a crackdown on crossings to the Greek islands started in March, as part of an agreement between the EU and Turkey to stop the flow of migrants and refugees to Europe.