Thursday, May 18
The Closed Balkan Route - Marko Drobnjakovic
Clothes left out to dry overnight are frozen due to extremely low temperatures, Belgrade, Serbia, Jan. 23, 2017.
"Around 1,500 migrants who have fled war and poverty in their countries in hopes of reaching Western Europe have found temporary shelter in an abandoned warehouse in central Belgrade, the Serbian capital. Men and boys from countries like Afghanistan or Pakistan have occupied the decrepit complex as they wait for an opportunity to move on toward neighboring EU nations Hungary or Croatia. Several thousand migrants have remained stranded in Serbia since nations along the so-called Balkan route officially closed last March. The influx has been reduced, but hundreds of migrants still cross illegally into Serbia from Bulgaria or Macedonia on a daily basis before moving on, seeking the help of smugglers to cross the heavily guarded EU borders. ..."
W - European migrant crisis
Anatomy of a Refugee Wave: Forced Migration on the Balkan Route as Two Processes
Closed Balkan route means lucrative times for human traffickers
Guardian: Tens of thousands migrate through Balkans since route declared shut (August 2016)
This map shows how much the refugee crisis is dividing Europe (Video)
2015 September: Traveling in Europe’s River of Migrants, 2017 April: The Refugee King of Greece