Since the beginning of 2018, Bosnia and Herzegovina, one of the poorest countries in Europe, has been dealing with an unprecedented wave of migration. The Balkan route, used by migrants to reach Western Europe from Turkey and Greece, has changed.

After the Hungarian government sealed the borders, the route has moved south. After having reached Greece, the migrants move through Albania, Montenegro and then Bosnia-Herzegovina.

According to IOM (International Organization for Migration), in mid-2018, there are five thousand people stranded in official and unofficial sites in Bosnia-Herzegovina. They are migrants and refugees in transit on the new Balkan route, looking for better life opportunities in Europe.

Nearly two thousand people, mostly young people from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria and Iran, living in and just outside of a concrete structure deteriorated at the edge of the city of Bihac in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

In the abandoned building, people live in inhumane conditions. They sleep on the ground with blankets donated by volunteers and there is no access to sanitation. Every day a group of volunteers cooks a hot meal, which distributes to more than one thousand people.

From the city of Bihac, migrants try to cross the Croatian border but are sent back by the border police after having been subjected to violence. Most migrants and refugees want to reach European countries: France, Italy and England. Meanwhile, the border with Croatia remains closed. 

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