Silver / 2018 / Press / Feature Story

BELGRADE : dead end

  • Prize
    Silver in Press/Feature Story
  • Photographer
    Michael Bunel

Hungary and Croatia closed their borders and do not hesitate to pushback migrants. As a result, Serbia finds itself Europe’s new plug on the road to the Balkans. Since the beginning of the winter 2000 refugees - in majority Afghanis and Pakistanis - have been piled-up in derelict warehouses at Belgrade’s railway station. There’s only one hose for two thousand people who live without any sanitary facilities. Two thousand people who are waiting to carry on their journey or who are hoping to stay in one of the few official refugees centres. Based on the agreements with the EU, Serbia is to accommodate 6,000 refugees; scattered all around the country, the 15 centres up and running accommodate already 7,000 people and an estimated 600 to 700 migrants arrive every day. According to MSF, a French medical NGO, a new Calais “jungle” is underway.