Formation and Disintegration of the Balkan Refugee Corridor: Camps, Routes and Borders in Croatian Context

This book gathers chapters derived from the papers presented at the conference about Balkan refugee corridor held on 14 and 15 June 2016 in Zagreb, Croatia. The conference was organized by the Center for Peace Studies, Center for Ethnicity, Citizenship and Migration of the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Zagreb, Welcome! Initiative / Inicijativa Dobrodošli! and the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research. The intention of the conference was to open up space for presenting and connecting disciplinary and thematically diverse empirical research on various aspects of mass transcontinental migration across the Balkans towards Europe in 2015. The conference was focused on, till then unprecedented, movement of people which was blocked several months earlier as a result of numerous political decisions, agreements, and strategic, physical and technological interventions. During the conference, twelve studies in different research phases were presented, as well as an artistic project. Moreover, a panel on comparative integration policies with four presentations was held. Detailed summaries of the panel presentations were distributed over the volunteers’ platform of the Welcome! Initiative. Ongoing research studies that had been presented at the conference were written in the upcoming months and prepared for this book first published in Croatian language in 2017. This book, now also in  English translation, is our common attempt to describe and critically rethink Balkan refugee corridor and the ways in which global migration policies and practices have been adapted, established and collapsed in a specific time and space.

politiken, praktiken, ereignisse an den grenzen europas