BALKAN ROUTE - 

REFUGEES ON HUNGARY'S BORDER FENCE

Hungary is building a 4-meter-high fence along the 110-mile long border with Serbia to stop refugees and migrants on Balkan land route, making an already perilous journey even harder.

A smile on the face of Al-ghanem from Syrian town of Ar Raqqah, sitting on a lawn with her two sons, shows her happiness being only 4-miles from her final destination. European union. 2.500 miles away from daily shelling and constant four-year war, a rough escape through Turkey, Greece and Macedonia, she is finally in Serbia, near the Hungarian border.

A small group of Syrians, Palestinians and Iraqis are waiting for the night to fall, so that they can run for cover through the endless fields of corn, pumpkins and sunflowers. Their only equipment is Google GPS navigation.

In constant fear of police patrols, they whisper, hiding in cornfields and river channels.

Some of them are caught by the Hungarian police and taken to the detention centers. Al-ghanem and her two sons were one of them. After day or two in the nearby detention center they are on their way to another asylum center in Hungary.

On the Serbian side of border there are more and more people escaping from the war and life-threatening environment to reach a place, where they finally feel safe. Without any help from the Serbian government, some residents help them with food and water in a makeshift camp at an abandoned brick factory in the outskirts of Subotica, with a meaningful name – Jungle.

2015, July,16, Serbian - Hungarian border near town Röszke. .A journalist reports from the first portion of a temporary fence the Hungarian military erected. Hungary built a 4-meter high fence along the 110-mile long border with Serbia. ..ŸMatej Povse
A journalist reports from the first portion of a temporary fence the Hungarian military erected. Hungary built a 4-meter high fence along the 110-mile long border with Serbia.

July, 2015

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Group of Syrians on way to the Hungary border.
Migrants on Hungary's border fence.
July, 2015 / Photo: Matej Povse
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Group of Syrians on way to the Hungary border.

Migrants on Hungary's border fence.
July, 2015
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Syrian man holding girl Lana on the way to the Hungary border. .Migrants on Hungary's border fence...July, 2015 / Photo: Matej Povse...©Matej Povse

Syrian man holding daughter on the way to the Hungary border.

Migrants on Hungary's border fence.
July, 2015
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Serbian-Hungarian border. .A small group of Syrians, Palestinians and Iraqis are waiting for the night to fall, so that they can run for cover through the endless fields of corn, pumpkins and sunflowers. Their only equipment

Serbian-Hungarian border. .A small group of Syrians, Palestinians and Iraqis are waiting for the night to fall, so that they can run for cover through the endless fields of corn, pumpkins and sunflowers. Their only equipment is Google GPS.

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Tlal Al-ghanem(R) with group of Syrians hiding from police on way to the Hungary border.
Migrants on Hungary's border fence.
July, 2015 / Photo: Matej Povse
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Al-ghanem(R) with group of Syrians hiding from police on way to the Hungary border.

Migrants on Hungary's border fence.
July, 2015
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Jungle, a makeshift camp at an abandoned brick factory in the outskirts of Subotica, Serbia. Migrants on Hungary's border fence.
July, 2015 / Photo: Matej Povse
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Jungle, a makeshift camp at an abandoned brick factory in the outskirts of Subotica, Serbia. Migrants on Hungary's border fence.

July, 2015
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Jungle, a makeshift camp at an abandoned brick factory in the outskirts of Subotica, Serbia. Migrants on Hungary's border fence.
July, 2015 / Photo: Matej Povse
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Group of people from Iraq and Afghanistan accept food  offered from volunteers in a Jungle, a makeshift camp at an abandoned brick factory in the outskirts of Subotica, Serbia. Migrants on Hungary's border fence.
July, 2015
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Jungle, a makeshift camp at an abandoned brick factory in the outskirts of Subotica, Serbia. Migrants on Hungary's border fence.
July, 2015 / Photo: Matej Povse
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Jungle, a makeshift camp at an abandoned brick factory in the outskirts of Subotica, Serbia. Migrants on Hungary's border fence.

July, 2015
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Group of Syrians and Iraqis on way to the Hungary border.
Migrants on Hungary's border fence.
July, 2015 / Photo: Matej Povse
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Group of Syrians and Iraqis on way to the Hungary border.

Migrants on Hungary's border fence.
July, 2015
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Group of Syrians on the way to the Hungary border.
Migrants on Hungary's border fence.
July, 2015 / Photo: Matej Povse
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Group of Syrians on the way to the Hungary border.

Migrants on Hungary's border fence.
July, 2015
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Group of Syrians and Iraqis using GPS to find way to the Hungary border.
Migrants on Hungary's border fence.
July, 2015 / Photo: Matej Povse
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Group of Syrians and Iraqis using GPS to find way to the Hungary border.

Migrants on Hungary's border fence.
July, 2015 
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Serbian-Hungarian border. .A small group of Syrians, Palestinians and Iraqis are waiting for the night to fall, so that they can run for cover through the endless fields of corn, pumpkins and sunflowers. Their only equipment

Serbian-Hungarian border. .A small group of Syrians, Palestinians and Iraqis are waiting for the night to fall, so that they can run for cover through the endless fields of corn, pumpkins and sunflowers. Their only equipment is Google GPS navigation.

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Jungle, a makeshift camp at an abandoned brick factory in the outskirts of Subotica, Serbia. Migrants on Hungary's border fence.
July, 2015 / Photo: Matej Povse
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Jungle, a makeshift camp at an abandoned brick factory in the outskirts of Subotica, Serbia. Migrants on Hungary's border fence.

July, 2015 / Photo: Matej Povse
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Syrian woman holding girl Lana on the way to the Hungary border.
Migrants on Hungary's border fence.
July, 2015 / Photo: Matej Povse
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Syrian woman holding daughter on the way to the Hungary border.

Migrants on Hungary's border fence.
July, 2015 / Photo: Matej Povse
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Group of Syrians spotted by floodlights of Hungarian police.
Migrants on Hungary's border fence.
July, 2015 / Photo: Matej Povse
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Group of Syrians spotted by floodlights of Hungarian police.

Migrants on Hungary's border fence.
July, 2015 / Photo: Matej Povse
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Group of Syrians spotted by floodlights of Hungarian police. They were arrested and taken to the dentition centre.
Migrants on Hungary's border fence.
July, 2015 / Photo: Matej Povse
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Group of Syrians spotted by floodlights of Hungarian police. They were arrested and taken to the dentition centre.

Migrants on Hungary's border fence.
July, 2015 / Photo: Matej Povse
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Jungle, a makeshift camp at an abandoned brick factory in the outskirts of Subotica, Serbia. Migrants on Hungary's border fence.
July, 2015 / Photo: Matej Povse
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Woman from Afghanistan waiting in tent for night to fall down.
Jungle, a makeshift camp at an abandoned brick factory in the outskirts of Subotica, Serbia. Migrants on Hungary's border fence.
July, 2015
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Hungarian police captured group of Iraqis near town Morahalom.
Migrants on Hungary's border fence.
July, 2015 / Photo: Matej Povse
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Hungarian police captured group of Iraqis near town Morahalom.

Migrants on Hungary's border fence.
July, 2015 
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The first portion of a temporary fence the Hungarian military is erecting on its border to Serbia in an effort to keep out refugees.
Migrants on Hungary's border fence.
July, 2015 / Photo: Matej Povse
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The first portion of a temporary fence the Hungarian military is erecting on its border to Serbia in an effort to keep out refugees.
Migrants on Hungary's border fence.
July, 2015
©Matej Povse
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Jungle, a makeshift camp at an abandoned brick factory in the outskirts of Subotica, Serbia. Migrants on Hungary's border fence.
July, 2015 / Photo: Matej Povse
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Pakistani hiding from car lights in a Jungle, a makeshift camp at an abandoned brick factory in the outskirts of Subotica, Serbia. Migrants on Hungary's border fence.
July, 2015
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Jungle, a makeshift camp at an abandoned brick factory in the outskirts of Subotica, Serbia. Migrants on Hungary's border fence.
July, 2015 / Photo: Matej Povse
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Migrant from Syria on the way to Hungary.  Migrants on Hungary's border fence.

July, 2015
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Syrian woman holding daughter on the way to the Hungary border.
Migrants on Hungary's border fence.
July, 2015
©Matej Povse

Syrian woman holding daughter on the way to the Hungary border.

Migrants on Hungary's border fence.
July, 2015
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