Crisis looms as Bosnia races to shelter migrants before winter

With winter knocking at the door, Bosnia is racing to avert a humanitarian crisis for thousands of EU-bound migrants crossing its mountainous terrain and sleeping without proper shelter as temperatures drop. The poor Balkan state has become a well-trodden stop on the new route to the European Union for migrants escaping war and poverty in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.

More EU-bound migrants reaching dead end in Albania

When he fled Syria with his four daughters, Said Dabash never dreamt of settling down in Albania, a poor country on Europe’s southern edge. But the 45-year-old’s hopes of reaching Germany were overtaken by exhaustion. Now like thousands of other migrants and refugees, he has filed for asylum in a Balkan state overwhelmed by the influx.

Bosnians vote for leaders of fragmented nation (3)

Bosnians head to the polls to elect leaders who will steer the future of the poor Balkan nation splintered by ethnic divides that fuelled its 1990s war. IMAGES

Bosnians vote for leaders of fragmented nation

Bosnians head to the polls to elect leaders who will steer the future of the poor Balkan nation splintered by ethnic divides that fuelled its 1990s war. IMAGES

In Macedonia, emigration leaves empty villages in its wake

The village of Gradovci has become a monument to the waves of emigration that have gutted the Balkan country’s economy, like scores of other abandoned towns dotting Macedonia’s countryside.

World Cup: Croatia coach gets hero’s welcome at home in Bosnia

Thousands of Bosnian Croats welcome Zlatko Dalic, the coach of the Croatian football team, home to Livno, Bosnia, after the Balkan side’s impressive performance at the World Cup.

A growing number of migrants and refugees are turning to Albania

A growing number of migrants from the Middle East are seeking asylum in Albania, a phenomenon unseen so far in the small and poor Balkan country known more for its massive emigration. Hundreds of thousands of migrants arrived in Europe in 2015 and 2016 using the so-called Balkans route. The route was closed in March 2016 but migrants seeking alternative ways still cross the region to reach the EU.

Greece and Macedonia sign deal in bid to end 27-year name row

The foreign ministers of Greece and Macedonia sign a historic preliminary agreement to end a 27-year bilateral row by renaming the small Balkan nation as ‘The Republic of North Macedonia’. IMAGES

Bosnia battles to cope with growing influx of migrants

Volunteers looking after refugees in Bosnia are demanding a structured response to the migrant crisis. The small, impoverished Balkan country faces a growing influx of arrivals, mostly young men hoping to cross over into the European Union via neighbouring Croatia.

The Balkan Lynx: a national symbol in danger

In Albania, the battle to save the Balkan lynx, one of the most endangered animals in the world as a result of dramatic deforestation and poaching is being waged. Only about forty individuals of the feline still roam the mountains of Albania and neighbouring Macedonia.