Violence Within State Borders: Serbia

Over the last decade, Serbia has become one of the most important cross-roads along the Balkan route. The build up of people-on-the-move in the country – in cities like Belgrade, Subotica, Kikinda, and Šid – has been marked by myriad forms of violence used against this population by police and vigilante groups

This report is part a new branch of our network that document violence within a states borders on a recurring basis. Here, we look more broadly at violence in Serbia, honing in on three focal points:

    • Physical Violence
    • Material Violence
    • Other Forms of Structural Violence

Read the full report below for extended analysis and timeline of these events, as informed by our network’s years on the ground in the country.

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Serbia as a Transit Country – A Timeline

This timeline provides a graphic overview of Serbia becoming part of the buffer zone of the EU in regards to curbing migration. Starting with the visa liberalisation between Serbia and the EU in 2009, continuing with the increase of clandestine transit migration from 2011 onwards, the state-organised humanitarian passage in 2015, the so-called closure of the corridor and the resulting “Balkan impasse” from 2016 and the rise of the anti-migration far right in Serbia from 2020, the history of the Serbian part of the so-called Balkan route will be traced and contextualized.

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Violence Within State Borders: Greece

This report initiates a new branch of our network that will document violence within a states borders, separate to cross-border pushbacks. Greece is the first case study in a bi-monthly series that will explore patterns and trends in states along the Balkan Route. Here, we look more broadly at violence in Greece before honing in on three focal points:

    • State run detention facilities
    • Lesvos after the Moria fire
    • The port of Patras.

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