About: Western Balkans Route

Austria says it will stop any migrants trying to rush its border

Austria will stop any migrants attempting to rush its border if measures to halt them in Greece and through the Balkans fail, conservative Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said on Sunday (1 March).
Enlargement 09-11-2019

Europe risks losing strategic clout in Western Balkans

Trouble spots and tensions surrounding the European Union are continuing: Syria, Iraq, Libya, Ukraine, Eastern Mediterranean. In the south of the European Union, an arc of geopolitical instability is being formed and we must not allow it to expand, ten former foreign ministers warn in an open letter.

Austria plans to put immigration and borders at heart of EU presidency

Austria plans to use its upcoming presidency of the European Union this year to shift the bloc's focus from resettling refugees within the EU towards keeping further waves of migrants outside the bloc's external borders, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Friday (9 March).

Austria to request exemption from EU migrant relocation system

Austria will seek an exemption from having to accept more asylum-seekers under an EU relocation system, it said today (28 March), arguing that it has already taken in its fair share during Europe's migration crisis.
Enlargement 02-02-2017

Serbia: 7000 asylum seekers estimated in the country

After the closing of the Balkan route about a year ago, by which migrants and refugees mainly from the Middle East had arrived in the EU, there are some 7,000 in Serbia at the moment. EURACTIV Serbia reports.