Serbian-bulgarian border

Report from Dimitrovgrad

There is now a small camp by the Red Cross, but only open from 8 am till 3 pm. A group of volunteers have builded up a mobile kitchen to serv warm food to the people especially in the nigth. Around 500 to 700 persons are crossing in the nigth the bulgarian border to enter buses to Belgrad. People reported that they have up to two days walking through the mountains. Partly they are threaten and robed by bulgarian police.

Hungary-Croatia-Slovenia (1 pm)

Hungary closed the so-called “green border” to Croatia. Illegal border crossings on this border are very dangerous as they are now heavily punishable by law – same as on the border to Serbia!
Croatia changed the route for the “humanitarian corridor” and transports people now to the Slovenian instead of the Hungarian border (more details below). Although Austria raises police and military presence at their southern borders (with Slovenia & Italy), Austria and Germany still have their borders open for controlled transit. Austrian, Slovenian and Croatian authorities have said they will continue with the “humanitarian corridor” and will only change their behaviour if Germany starts to close its borders.

The green border between hungary and Croatia is closed since friday evening. The Croatian government now brings people from the borderarea (where people still enter through Bapska) by train to Čakovec (near the Slovenian border), from there there are at the moment transported several buses to the border crossings Gornji Macelj and Musrko Središće/ Petisovci.
Slovenia started to bring the first transports toward the Austrian border, before that the people got registered in Šentilj. There is infos that Slovenia will keep the corridor until Austria and Germany decide on other policies. On the Croatian side it seems that authorites try to slow down the moving of people. In Austria People are arriving in Spielfeld and Bad Ratkersburg.

Serbian-macedonian border

Report from Presevo, Thursday afternoon, 15th of october 2015

The situation in Presevo is somewhat stable as there are more volunteers at place, more infrastructure has been built up and authorities and humanitarian organizations finally organized themselves better. The catastrophic flood situation calmed down, so as there is no rain at present and the high water is gone. Even so it is really cold at night and with a constant inflow of 4000 to 6000 people coming, more volunteers and donations are needed the coming week. While officials and some organizations claim everything is under control, there is a massive lack of a sufficient, coordinated and cooperative help.
Refugees arrive at Tobanovce on the Macedonian side and walk a muddy 2 kilometer long road across the border to Miratovac on the Serbian side, where busses take them to Presevo. Almost everyone arriving here has wet feet. As the local taxi drivers keep up there mafia driving services to inacceptable high prices and dropping people anywhere in the forests around, volunteers built up an information point. There are signs in different languages warning people of the taxi drivers who tell lies about the camp, and explaining what is going to happen during registration in the camp in Presevo. Moreover, police is keeping an eye on the taxi drivers as they continued threatening volunteers.
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No tears for killed Afghani migrant

Report from Sredets by Bordermonitoring Bulgaria

Last night, at around 22h, an Afghani man was shot dead in Bulgaria by border police. The murder has taken place in Sredets in southern Bulgaria, where a group of 50 migrants have been stopped by the police. The first information that reached media outlets was that the group resisted arrest which has prompted the border patrol to fire. What actually has happened is that the men were racially profiled as, according to the General Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Georgi Kostov, “they were obviously not Bulgarian citizens.”
Read the full report by Bordermonitoring Bulgaria


Report about Moria/Lesbos, which is one of the main entry points to the Balkanroute. by infomobil

++No welcome for refugees in Moria++ Hot Spot feared to become deportation machinery++

Hot Spot to be inaugurated on Friday, October 16, 2015 in Moria camp while registration procedures are malfunctioning, there is no identification system for vulnerable groups in place and living conditions are inhumane and degrading. The lack of basic needs provision leaves refugees unprotected waiting in the registration queues for hours and days.
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A father is standing in the police field near registration gates observing the queue / copyright: Salinia Stroux

Hours without access to anything… / copyright: Salinia Stroux

Croatian-Serbian border (06:30 am)

Report from Bapska

We are at Bapska border (Serbia/Croatia) for 5 days now. As we have taken the night shifts, I can only tell about them. Situation here is becoming more and more routine with the „czech volunteers“ (cv) apparently coordinating efforts of various players that would probably not directly talk to each other. Buses arrive on the Serbian site and wait for unloading until the cv tell them there will not be long waiting times. Refugees have to walk about 1km passing the tents of various aid organisations (most of them closed at night, atm there is only UNHCR/local partner, a christian group call OM, the „czechs“ and us). Raincapes are available, blankets sometimes scarce. There is tea and bread with jam. Toilets are very dirty though.
People with special needs (children, pregnant women, elderly, people with disabilities) get priority attention most of the time. On the croatian side there is some waiting for buses (at the moment there is a delay of about one hour), but after a terrible night with about 1500 people waiting in the cold rain, it seems to be better organized now.
Biggest problem now is the weather. The wind blows the tents apart and the rain floods them. While we have the option of retreating to a hostel, the refugees don’t have this choice.
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Here a report about the situation on the Greek island Lesbos, which is one of the main entry points to the Balkanroute.

Serbien-macedonian border (10 am)

Report from Presevo

Urgent call for help!

We’ve been in Presevo since two days now. The situation is horrible. A lot is needed. Thousands of people come here and have to wait up to 13 hours to 2 days in constant rain. Children and others are suffering from severe hypothermia, their hands are white from the cold. There are only one or two doctors here. A woman lost her unborn child, children were found alone in flooded tents. The police plays their power with cudgels, general (health)care is bad. We urgently need support, we need all the helpers and supplys we can get. Many volunteers have to go home tonight. We constantly try to cook warm food, but it is a huge challenge to keep the people calm, and keep them warm and provide them with food! Cab drivers try to catch the refugees before the registration to drive them anywhere to excessive prices. It seems like a mafia-like organisation. Yeserday night everything was flooded, we stood in dirty water full of garbage, up to our knees. People are wet, cold and tired. If they leave the waiting line, they have to join the queue at the very end again afterwards. Medical care in front of the waiting line is needed most of all! And there is nearly no press/media here!

source: sos konvoi

long report in german