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Migrants blocked in Balkans

Episode 151019 / 19 Oct 2015

Step 1: Listen

You're going to hear a genuine BBC news report. Before you listen, read these three summaries.

a) Migrants travelling to Western Europe through the Balkan states have become delayed due to new rules.

b) Migrants travelling to Croatia have become delayed by new rules in Western Europe.

c) Migrants travelling to Western Europe have become delayed due to new Croatian
rules.

Now listen and decide which one is correct. Listen again if you need to.

Step 2: Learn the key words and listen again

How was that? Try listening again. Here are four definitions of key vocabulary items which may help you.

stalled
delayed

build-up
increase in number

crammed
very full

backed up
(of vehicles) waiting in a long line

Step 3: Transcript and answer

Tension is building among thousands of migrants heading north through the Balkan states as their route to Western Europe becomes stalled by new controls.

Croatia had asked its northern neighbour Slovenia to accept 5,000 migrants daily, but Slovenia said it would take only half that number.

The move has led to a build-up of people on Croatia's border with Slovenia. Buses crammed with people are also backed up further south in Serbia.

Answer

a) Migrants travelling to Western Europe through the Balkan states have become delayed due to new rules.

This bulletin comes from BBC World Service Radio.

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