Protection risks, concerns and challenges in response to the needs of women in transit
Article by Legis
The Balkan Route is not closed. It was only transformed from being coordinated by governments, agencies and CSOs, to being coordinated by smugglers and traffickers, exposing the population to indisputable risks of exploitation, violence and extortion. Regular irregular movements of vulnerable population have been reported from all the Balkan countries since March 2016. Borders have been reinforced with fences and deployment of large numbers of police officers to protect borderline territories against irregular movements. Policies have been amended to foster instead of mitigate protection and security risks to vulnerable population in transit.