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Teach In Series: Along the Balkan Route
16 March @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Temple Rome Professors Marta Bordignon and Lorenzo Rinelli, along with Sara Prestianni, Programme Officer at the EuroMed Rights, will lead a Teach-In entitled “Along the Balkan Route: Contemporary Migrants’ Trajectories Cut Across Old and New War Scars” on Tuesday, March 16 at 3:30 PM CET/9:30 AM ET.
This discussion will focus on present-day dramatic conditions of people on the move to reach a safe place in Europe along the Balkan route against the political relations between the EU and Balkan countries within the Union. After the Serbian border with EU countries became virtually impassable in 2018, refugees began trying to reach Croatia via Bosnia and Herzegovina instead. The path usually begins in Turkey, from which migrants attempt to reach Bulgaria or Greece, then North Macedonia or Serbia, then Bosnia, Croatia and Slovenia, from where they can finally reach Italy or Austria. The final leg of the Balkan route, which crosses mountains and snow-covered forests and lacks facilities for migrants, is one of the most perilous and grueling, not only because a recent war zone but also made worse by the brutal push backs carried out by squadrons of Croatian police who patrol the EU’s longest external border.