The new migrant route goes via Kosovo and Metohija to central Serbia. Until recently, it was little used, as the route from North Macedonia to Serbia was mainly used. Now, this has become one of the main routes on migrants’ way to Western and Northern Europe.
“It is one of five routes from Turkey to Greece, i.e. four land routes and one sea route that end in Durres. From there, they cross into Kosovo via Albania. In Pristina, they are given one-day-visas so that can move through Kosovo and steer clear of the police. We are talking about small, organised groups of 10 to 15 people who are constantly using this route”, says Veroljub Petronić from the non-governmental organization Human Centre Mitrovica.
These groups of migrants consist of mostly young people between 20 and 25 years old, from Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Algeria, Morocco… They move in groups that have their own leaders. And they do it very carefully, bypassing the army and the police. They usually travel in the morning or late in the evening.
“We are from Syria. We are going to the Netherlands. I don’t know in which country we will end up. I hope in Western Europe,” said a young Syrian man.
One group of migrants said that they started the journey from Turkey and that there are also organised transports from Albania to Kosovo, for a price of 150 to 200 euros per person. Some migrants said that it takes up to two months to get to Serbia.
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