More and more migrants arrive at the refugee centre in the Croatian village of Opatovac. The camp at the border between Serbia and Croatia is already overcrowded. But the process of moving on to western Europe is painstakingly slow.
For months now, Iranian tourists have been able to enter Serbia visa-free. Once there, many hope to make their way through the Balkans to northern Europe. But for thousands of travelers, the dream ends in a refugee camp.
The number of migrants in German prisons has steadily risen since 2015, according to data obtained by DW from five state justice ministries. German states are putting more resources into reintegrating them into society.
Tensions in the Western Balkans can only be overcome if all countries in the region join the European Union, says enlargement chief Johannes Hahn. The EU's door should remain open for Turkey, he told DW.
A report for the European Parliament accuses Hungary of serious violations of EU values and recommends triggering sanction proceedings. It's unclear, however, whether the measure has enough support to pass.
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