#TheJourney: ITV News follows the constant flow of refugees to the Greece-Macedonia border

Martin Geissler

Former ITV News Correspondent

Overwhelmed children wait in the crowd of refugees at the border. Credit: ITV News

The huge numbers of refugees willing to spend weeks crossing land and sea to reach Europe are showing no sign of letting up.

This week ITV News is following the vast tide of people sweeping out of the Middle East and across Europe.

Correspondent Martin Geissler reports from Gevgelija on the Greece-Macedonia border, a crossing point where more than 10,000 refugees have passed in just 24 hours:

We rolled up to the Greek-Macedonian border just before nine in the morning. Already there was a queue of buses stretching as far as the eye could see.

There's a temptation in these circumstances to start filming at the beginning and work your way along the line, but it soon became clear that adopting that policy would take days.

We walked a mile or so to the front of the line. I counted eighty coaches parked up at the side of the road.

At 50 euros (£35) per ticket from Athens, these fifty- and eighty-seaters are doing a roaring trade.

Along the way we met a couple of familiar faces, we'd last seen them spilling off the boats in Lesbos just three days earlier. They move fast, these people.

Interestingly, we weren't allowed to cross the border with them. Soldiers monitor the movement, but it's an unofficial crossing point and Macedonia's not in the EU.

A baby is handed over the border fence to his mother to board a train. Credit: ITV News

If you don't have any paperwork, they let you take this route, but if you do have a passport you have to go the long way round.

Across on the other side, tempers start to fray as the crowds try to bundle onto trains.

The Macedonian government has laid on the transport, at a price, which will sweep these people across this country and out the other side, a thousand at a time.

After that, they're somebody else's problem. And then the next lot arrive.

Syrian refugee Tarik is a pharmacist who is fluent in four languages. Credit: ITV News

The people making this trip know that Europe can't handle them all. Tarik, an articulate, well educated man from Syria, told me he has sympathy with the countries where they'll eventually try to settle.

I couldn't help but sense the irony in this. A Syrian, fleeing from war, expressing concern for us.

The only way to stop this madness - and it is madness, let's be in no doubt about that - is to stop the war, he told me.

Sadly, that's easier said than done.

The train carrying refugees heads to Serbia. Credit: ITV News

We watched as the train pulled off into the twilight, then hit to road ourselves. Next stop Serbia.

This morning it occurred to me that we can't keep up with these people.

They're moving faster than we are, travelling day and night if they can. They don't stop, and nor does the flow. It's constant. That's quite a thought.

#TheJourney so far

The path ITV News Correspondent Martin Geissler has taken so far as he follows the footsteps of refugees through Europe. Credit: ITV News

Correspondent Martin Geissler is spending the week following in the footsteps of refugees as they make their journey through Europe.

He began in Lesbos, before moving to the Macedonian border today. Tomorrow, he will head to Serbia.

Watch Martin's reports on ITV Evening News and News at Ten every weeknight this week.