REFUGEES ON BALKAN ROUTE


Refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and from some African countries try to reach a safe place to live. Europe looks like a safe place. The reality is often different. From Turkey to Greece by boat. From Greece to Macedonia on foot. I have joined them at this point on their long journey. At Greece - Macedonian border the refugees are stopped by army and police. At Macedonian - Serbian border they stand in the rain and mud for hours, just to get a paper, which allows them to cross the state.

Finally before the EU member country Hungary, they have to walk for miles to get to the unofficial camp. Some of them try to avoid officials.

As Wassim from a town near Damascus, Syria told me: “ Why is life so unfair; we had to leave our beautiful country and go through this miserable, inhuman journey, to reach a place for a safer and better life.”


Words by Matej Povse

Macedonia. Refugees crossing the no man's land between Greece and Macedonia.
Macedonia. Refugees crossing the no man's land between Greece and Macedonia.
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Greece -  Macedonian border.
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Greece - Macedonian border. ©Matej Povse
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2015, September, 9, Macedonia. Refugees crossing the Greek-Macedonian border, waiting to be escorted by Macedonian police and board the train for Serbia.

2015, September, 9, Macedonia. Refugees crossing the Greek-Macedonian border, waiting to be escorted by Macedonian police and board the train for Serbia.

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Greece -  Macedonian border.
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Greece - Macedonian border. ©Matej Povse
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Macedonia, Gevgelija. After crossing Greek Macedonian border, refugees were stopped by Macedonian border police on the bridge across dry Konska riverbed. Police used a full force to stop them. Children were scared even if the

Macedonia, Gevgelija. After crossing Greek Macedonian border, refugees were stopped by Macedonian border police on the bridge across dry Konska riverbed. Police used a full force to stop them. Children were scared even if they are accustomed of war.

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Greece -  Macedonian border.
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Greece - Macedonian border. ©Matej Povse
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Macedonia, Gevgelija. After crossing Greek Macedonian border, refugees were stopped by Macedonian border police on the bridge across dry Konska riverbed.

Macedonia, Gevgelija. After crossing Greek Macedonian border, refugees were stopped by Macedonian border police on the bridge across dry Konska riverbed.

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Greece -  Macedonian border.
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Greece - Macedonian border. ©Matej Povse
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Greece -  Macedonian border.
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Greece - Macedonian border. ©Matej Povse
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Greece -  Macedonian border.
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Greece - Macedonian border. ©Matej Povse
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Greece -  Macedonian border.
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Greece - Macedonian border. ©Matej Povse
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Greece -  Macedonian border.
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Greece - Macedonian border. ©Matej Povse
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2015, September, 10, Macedonia. Without knowing where to go, group of refugees wearing rain covers made from sacks for trash, following railways track that suppose to take them further north to next destination, Serbia.

2015, September, 10, Macedonia. Without knowing where to go, group of refugees wearing rain covers made from sacks for trash, following railways track that suppose to take them further north to next destination, Serbia.

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Macedonia. 
On the way to Serbia, the group of refugees protected them self from rain with with a piece of tent found along the route.
Macedonia.
On the way to Serbia, the group of refugees protected them self from rain with with a piece of tent found along the route.
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Macedonian - Serbian border.
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2015, September 9, Macedonia. Syrian family try to find right way from Macedonia to Serbia. Some routes go on rails and some of them change direction and go across the fields. Most of the refugees is taking path, created by numerous steps of miserable people in search for better future.

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Macedonian - Serbian border.
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2015, September, 10, Macedonia. Without knowing where to go, group of refugees wearing rain covers made from sacks for trash, following railways track that suppose to take them further north to next destination, Serbia.

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Macedonian - Serbian border.
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Macedonian - Serbian border. ©Matej Povse
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Macedonian - Serbian border.
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Macedonian - Serbian border. ©Matej Povse
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Refugee registration center in Presevo, Serbia.
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Refugee registration center in Presevo, Serbia. ©Matej Povse
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Refugee registration center in Presevo, Serbia.
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Refugee registration center in Presevo, Serbia. ©Matej Povse
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Presevo Serbia, town close to the border Macedonia - Serbia. During the night a child from Syria wrapped in blanket resting near registration centre in town Presevo, Serbia Sometimes they have to wait more than 24 hours in th

Presevo Serbia, town close to the border Macedonia - Serbia. During the night a child from Syria wrapped in blanket resting near registration centre in town Presevo, Serbia Sometimes they have to wait more than 24 hours in the line to be registered by Serbian authorities. A paper obtained there allowed them to move around the country for five days. Most of them continue further north towards other countries.

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Refugee registration center in Presevo, Serbia.
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Refugee registration center in Presevo, Serbia. ©Matej Povse
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2015, September, 11, Serbia, Presevo. Because of the rain and more than 24 hours awaiting to be registered, some of them find place to stay in an abandoned shops in Presevo. Temporary shelter gives them feeling of safety and

2015, September, 11, Serbia, Presevo. Because of the rain and more than 24 hours awaiting to be registered, some of them find place to stay in an abandoned shops in Presevo. Temporary shelter gives them feeling of safety and some time to rest.

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2015, September 11, Bujanovac, Serbia. Refugees try to board the local bus which will take them to the next state border.

2015, September 11, Bujanovac, Serbia. Refugees try to board the local bus which will take them to the next state border.

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Bus station in Bujanovac, Serbia.
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Bus station in Bujanovac, Serbia. ©Matej Povse
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Serbian - Hungarian border.
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Serbian - Hungarian border. ©Matej Povse

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Serbian - Hungarian border.
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2015, September 12, Serbia. Using gps navigation is very welcome to find a right path to the border with Hungary.

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Serbian - Hungarian border.
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Serbian - Hungarian border. ©Matej Povse
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Serbian - Hungarian border.
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Serbian - Hungarian border. ©Matej Povse
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Serbian - Hungarian border.
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Serbian - Hungarian border. ©Matej Povse
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Serbian - Hungarian border.
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Serbian - Hungarian border. ©Matej Povse
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Serbian - Hungarian border.
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Serbian - Hungarian border. ©Matej Povse
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Serbian - Hungarian border.
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Serbian - Hungarian border. ©Matej Povse
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Roszke camp. Serbian - Hungarian border.
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Roszke camp. Serbian - Hungarian border. ©Matej Povse
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Hungary, Roszke. Temporary camp for refugees on Hungarian border. Tents provided by volunteers were used for refugees from Syria to spend the night, before they were taken to the registration camp.
Hungary, Roszke. Temporary camp for refugees on Hungarian border. Tents provided by volunteers were used for refugees from Syria to spend the night, before they were taken to the registration camp.
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Roszke camp. Serbian - Hungarian border.
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2015, September, 13, Hungary, Roszke. Tents provided by volunteers were used for refugees to spend the night, before they were taken to the registration camp. Because of lack of tents, some of the refugees slept on the ground under the open sky.

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Railway station in Budapest, Hungary.
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Railway station in Budapest, Hungary. ©Matej Povse
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