Chiara Milan

Chiara Milan

Chiara Milan is a visiting fellow at the Center for Southeast European Studies in Graz and a research fellow at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence. She received her PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute. Previously, Chiara conducted extensive research on the dynamics of mobilization and collective action in the Yugoslav successor states, with a specific focus on Bosnia Herzegovina.

The Balkan route backwards: refugees deported from Austria to Croatia

The Balkan corridor was officially closed in March 2016, having allowed the passage of around 700,000 migrants heading towards Northern Europe. Opened in September 2015, the route permitted migrants and asylum seekers to cross safely through Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia before entering Austria. The flow of arriving refugees has reduced drastically since March 2016, but still hundreds of people fleeing war, persecution and poverty continue to cross the Western Balkans in the attempt to reach Northern Europe, now relying on ruthless smugglers.

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