Balkans black route
In 2015 about 200,000 refugees, mainly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, arrived on the Greek coast. Every night, hundreds of people leave Turkey on dinghies and unsafe boats, risking their lives trying to reach Europe.
On Aegean islands refugees remain stranded, often for weeks, waiting for the documents to continue the journey.
Once arrived in Athens, they will continue their journey to Northern Europe through the Balkans. The are almost one thousand kilometers on the road that aid workers have nicknamed "Black route".
Along the way through Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary there are many local mafias and throughout the area there is an informal suspension of human rights. In addition to walls and barbed wire, the refugees must face daily abuse, arbitrary arrests and detentions.