About 16 Syrian refugees caught by Albania police on Wednesday near the border with Greece, had refused the offer to apply for political asylum in Albania, local media announced.
The refugees, part of the group that was blocked in the border between Greece and Macedonia near the village of Idomeni, apparently aimed to use Albania as a transit point, hopping to bypass Macedonia and to reach Serbia through Kosovo.
Albania formally offers asylum for refugees caught in its territory, but very few are those who accept the offer.
Usually in the past, Albania police issued “voluntarily repatriation orders” for migrants and refugees caught in its territory but this time, it announced that the refugees had to return to Greece, apparently in order to discourage others.
Although it borders Greece, Albania has not been affected by the refugee crisis.