Following the relatively high numbers of migrants making their way to Central Europe by mid-2015, in a domino effect all countries on the West-Balkan route started building provisional camps and regulate the entrance of refugees. After a chaotic late-summer, restrictive regulatory measures on the route were defining the migration dynamics aiming to constantly decrease the number of migrants entering the European Union. These improvised solutions were “quick fixes” met by the governments in last minute once facing the heated public opinion and rightist threats, for an issue foreseen already when the Schengen Agreements were signed. Backward solutions, led by mostly nation-state interests such as re-introducing border controls and abdicating the collective responsibility have hence been visibly eroding the European idea at a high humanitarian cost.
An award winning scroll essay with more pictures of this project and a German text can be found at: www.rebordering.eu