Kathryn Metz – “Resilience in the Face of Exclusion: Refugees and Migrants on the Closed Balkan Route.”

Check out the latest blog post by Kathryn Metz from the Center for Slavic and East European Studies, OSU, “Resilience in the Face of Exclusion: Refugees and Migrants on the Closed Balkan Route.”

“What is left of the so-called Balkan Route? The path taken by hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees in the summer of 2015 has been effectively closed off with border fences and increased police presence along the borders of Macedonia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Croatia and Slovenia.

In 2015, the Western Balkan countries viewed themselves as a transit zone; the path that migrants took as they attempted to enter the European Union. However, with the closure of borders in 2016, tens of thousands have been trapped on the fringes of the European Union in the Balkans for over a year, and the possibilities for reaching Western Europe are increasingly limited.”

Read more on the Center for Slavic and East European Studies website.

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