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Blocked in Serbia

Cesar Dezfuli | Serbia

Belgrade, Serbia. August 12th. Refugees from Afghanistan and Pakistan hide from the police near the railways of Belgrade, Serbia, to skip being taken to a refugee camp, where they would be registered. They are afraid of being registered, as their goal is not to stay in the Serbia but to continue their journey to other European countries. According to the reports by UNHCR in Serbia, Europe's border closures in march 2016 have left thousands of refugees in the Balkans.

Since March 9th, 2016, when the so-called "Balkan route" was closed, and with it any possibility of legal crossing across its borders, thousands of refugees have been stranded in the middle of their way to the European Union. In the case of Serbia, where at the end of August a total of 103,585 refugees had passed by according to UNHCR reports, the number of people remaining in the country and the time they spend there has continued to increase. If before the closure of the borders, there were around a thousand refugees in Serbian territory, now they surpass the 7 thousand according to the last report of 2016.

Considering that the capacity of the asylum camps in Serbia is limited, in addition to the fact that many refugees refuse to go to the asylum camps to avoid being registered, many of them remain on the streets while they are in transit through the country, living in precarious conditions. In this photographic work I document the situation of those refugees present in Serbia in August 2016.

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