Balkan Regional Report – November 2022

SUMMARY AND ANALYSIS OF PUSHBACKS AND INTERNAL VIOLENCE DOCUMENTED BY BVMN DURING THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER

In November, the Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN) shared 13 testimonies of pushbacks impacting 175 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 the Balkans and Greece including No Name Kitchen, Rigardu, Are YouSyrious, Mobile Info Team, InfoKolpa, Centre for Peace Studies, Mare Liberum, Collective Aid, Blindspots, Pushback Alarmphone Austria, I Have Rights and PIC. Combining insights from these different members, this month’s report covers:

  • Evictions in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Lack of access to services for POM in Samos
  • Deaths at the Greece-Turkey and Bulgarian-Turkey borders
  • Bus crash on the way to Diyarbakir Removal Center in Turkey
  • Updates from Trieste