Balkan Regional Report – June 2022

Summary and analysis of pushbacks and internal violence documented by BVMN during the month of JUNE

In June, the Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN) shared 14 testimonies of pushbacks impacting 676 people-on-the-move (POM) across the Balkans and Greece. This report brings together first-hand testimonies from a range of countries in the region to look at the way European Union states and other actors are affecting systemic violence towards people crossing borders.

BVMN is a network of watchdog organisations active in Greece and the Western Balkans including No Name Kitchen, Rigardu, Are You Syrious, Mobile InfoTeam, Push-back Alarm Austria, Josoor, InfoKolpa, Centre for Peace Studies, BlindSpots, Mare Liberum, and Collective Aid. Combining insights from these different members, this month’s report covers:

  • Third country nationals assisting police in pushbacks over the Evros River in Greece, and a breakthrough investigation on the topic by Lighthouse Reports in collaboration with other media sources.

  • Foreign officers assisting local authorities in pushbacks at the Hungarian-Serbian border

Read the full report for more information on these topics, as well as further updates from the region including the recent ECHR ruling in Safi and Others v. Greece and an increase in people-on-the-move transiting through Piazza Liberta in Trieste.