Balkan Regional Report–September 2022

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

In September, the Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN) shared 25 testimonies of pushbacks impacting 557 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, InfoKolpa, Centre for Peace Studies, BlindSpots, and Collective Aid. Combining insights from these different members, this month’s report covers:

  • Criminalization of solidarity in Velika Kladusa
  • Increases in Violence in Northern Serbia
  • Shipwrecks in Greece
  • Yazidis barred from entering camps in Greece
  • Slovene NGOs as possible targets of state surveillance?