Solidarity along the Balkan Route: Five Years after EU-Turkey Deal

Friday, March 19, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

In 2015, the so-called European refugee “crisis” started when over a million people arrived to seek refuge on European shores. One of the most popular migratory routes was the Balkan route which runs from Turkey to the Greek islands through Serbia to Croatia. Five years ago, on March 20, 2016, the EU-Turkey Agreement went into effect, halting most of the irregular migration from Turkey to Greece and trapping refugees and migrants along the route. Volunteers from all over Europe and beyond assisted them with daily needs and the right to seek asylum. Panelists will address their areas of engagement in their respective countries and reflect on the situation on the ground amidst the ongoing pandemic. They will also address what the solidarity movement has accomplished over the last five years and how the movement has changed.

-Efi Latsoudi, PIKPA/ Lesvos Solidarity, Nansen Refugee Award Winner (UNHCR)
-Nasim Lomani, activist, Migrants Social Center Athens, Human Rights Advocates Program, ISHR 2020-2021
-Radoš Đurović, Executive Director, Asylum Protection Center, Serbia
-Nidzara Ahmestašević, independent volunteer, Bosnia-Herzegovina, scholar and journalist, Editor Kosovo 2.0, former fellow Alliance for Historical Dialogue (ADHA) at ISHR

-Lara J. Nettelfield, Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Human Rights, Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR/ Harriman Institute)

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This event is co-sponsored by The Committee on Forced Migration and the Harriman Institute.