As borders have tightened along the western Balkan route to Europe, more lone female refugees are arriving in Serbia having experienced violence and trafficking. Many who want to continue their journeys are using even riskier routes and never appear in official data.
In ihrem früheren Leben war die 48-jährige Lence Zdravkin aus Veles in Mazedonien Journalistin. Sie arbeitete in der kleinen privaten Fernsehstation ihres Ehemannes Angel. Das Haus der beiden liegt direkt an den Gleisen, der Hauptstrecke der Eisenbahnlinie die durch Mazedonien führt, und diese Bahnstrecke hat das Leben der Familie Zdravkin von Grund auf verändert.
Manche sind erfroren, manche vor Erschöpfung zusammengebrochen. Manche wurden Opfer von Gewaltverbrechen und manche wurden nachts, als sie entlang der Eisenbahnlinien liefen, von einem Zug erfasst und getötet. Es gibt viele Tote auf der Balkanroute. Genaue Zahlen aber gibt es nicht.
Wohin Obergrenzen für Flüchtlinge und das Gerede darüber führen, hat unsere Gastautorin in Serbien gesehen. Sie besuchte ein wildes Flüchtlingslager.
I.A.S from Pakistan passed away, who illegally entered Macedonia, and was attacked on 16.2.2017, on the highway Skopje – Kumanovo (near the Bunarxhik village), transmits Anadolu Agency (AA). The information was confirmed from the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Republic of Macedonia, announcing that a person out of two passed away from attacks on 16.2.2017. “Regarding the “robbery” incident on 25.2.2017, a doctor in the department of neurosurgery at the Clinic Center – Skopje, announced that the attacked I.A.S. passed away”, MIA announced.
A detailed article written by Allessandra Sciurba, a post-doc researcher and activist from the University of Palermo.
“As in the game where, when music stops, you must sit faster that other participants”, Commissioner Cucić tells me, “in this moment, we are the one left standing. Tomorrow it can be another one, if we also close the borders”. It seems that at the present juncture, the Serbian authorities are asking themselves first and foremost how the European Union wants Serbia to act. Are the standards to join EU based on the respect of human rights, or simply on the length and efficacy of border fences?
Everyone, in Serbia, seems now to be waiting for something.”
On 23rd January, the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) presented the new strategy in response to the situation with the migrants and refugees in Serbia at a press conference at Belgrade’s Media Centre.
The strategy is part of the wider plan (Regional refugee and migrant response plan – RMRP), which covers the period from January to December 2017on the regional level, and which was presented by the UNHCR and IOM in Geneva on 19th January, 2017. In line with the plans of the Government of Serbia, 16 NGOs and eight United Nations organizations that have participated in the drafting of the strategy proposed humanitarian and development aid worth a total of over 39 million US dollars. So far, the donors have generously contributed to a figure of close to 2.7 million USD in 2017 to fund the UNHCR’s activities in Serbia.
Male migrants are piling up in Belgrade, unable to get into the camps or leave the country – while a ban on NGOs giving them food has made their plight even grimmer.