A collective of journalists in the Balkans
  • Author:
    Jack Davies
  • Published in:
    Vice News
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A dusty road weaves through the bare fields that separate the Serbian border village of Miratovac from Macedonia. In the distance, where the yellow of the road dissolves into green fields, something twitches. At first it is a dark mass emerging at the road’s vanishing point two kilometers away. Then the darkness gives way to color, and hundreds of blue, black, and red smudges shuffle into view. Each smudge is a refugee, looking to cross from Macedonia into Serbia on the path north to the European Union.

The refugees have just been released from a holding camp run by the Serbian government at the border. Most new arrivals spend no more than a few hours at the camp, which is designed to stagger the flow of the 3,000 to 7,000 migrants and refugees that cross the border every day.

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