WBEZ | Balkans http://www.wbez.org/tags/balkans Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Refugees, migrants face long border waits, cold winters in the Balkans http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-11-03/refugees-migrants-face-long-border-waits-cold-winters-balkans <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/1102_migrants-winter-624x415.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="attachment_95364"><img alt="Migrants and refugees prepare to board a train heading to Serbia from the Greece-Macedonia border near Gevgelija on October 31, 2015. (Nikolay Doychinov/ AFP/Getty Images)" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/media.wbur.org/wordpress/11/files/2015/11/1102_migrants-winter-624x415.jpg" style="height: 412px; width: 620px;" title="Migrants and refugees prepare to board a train heading to Serbia from the Greece-Macedonia border near Gevgelija on October 31, 2015. (Nikolay Doychinov/ AFP/Getty Images)" /><p>Thousands of refugees are flooding across borders in southeastern Europe by foot, bus and train, nearly all of them trying to make their way to Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and other northern European countries.</p></div><p>Despite the impending winter, the number of people making the journey does not appear to be slowing down.</p><p>Sian Jones, a Balkans researcher with Amnesty International, joins&nbsp;<a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/">Here &amp; Now&rsquo;</a>s Peter O&rsquo;Dowd to describe the conditions that refugees and migrants are facing at the borders of Serbia and Macedonia, and Serbia and Croatia.</p><hr /><p><strong><span style="font-size:20px;">Interview Highlights: Sian Jones</span></strong></p><p><strong>On what the border crossings look like</strong></p><p>&ldquo;There are hundreds of thousands of people walking, taking vehicles, on trains and on buses, moving from Greece, trying to get refugee status in EU member states. And they are traveling through Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia on their way to the EU. And what struck me as well was their determination and their fortitude to keep going in the most difficult conditions.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;The problem is that so many people are coming at any one time that in order to queue up and get papers which will legally entitle them to travel through Serbia, people are having to wait for up to five hours at a time in the middle of the main street of a town called Preševo. And people have no protection from the rain, from the wind, from the weather. And they sit on the ground, on those streets waiting their turn to go get the documentation that they need.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>On whether refugees&nbsp;and border countries are prepared for the winter</strong></p><p>&ldquo;Many people aren&rsquo;t prepared at all, mainly because they&rsquo;ve come from Turkey on very tiny, little boats to the Greek islands and made their journey from there. And very many people lose many of their possessions whilst they are coming. And physically, they are not able to carry things. If you think of a family with two or three children, most of their effort has to go into looking after the children, keeping them, and we saw more women and children than we&rsquo;ve seen in our previous visits.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;But essentially what is needed is for the governments in those countries to provide shelter because winter is coming. And it&rsquo;s all very well to have additional socks and hats, but when the temperature goes down below zero, you really are not going to be able to sit out in the street waiting for five hours to get to register your family, to be able to continue on your journey.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>On protections for unaccompanied children</strong></p><p>&ldquo;So many children &mdash; at least 60 children &mdash; are found to have lost their parents&nbsp;in any one day. And UNHCR are doing their best, along with other organizations, to make sure that the families are traced. But the conditions are such that there are so many people &mdash; it&rsquo;s so crowded &mdash; there are so many people pushing to get across the border, that there is a real concern for children who have lost their families, and also for children who are travelling alone, who&rsquo;ve become separated from their parents, or for some reason, are traveling by themselves. And there are real concerns that there&rsquo;s not adequate protection or identification of those children.&rdquo;</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2015/11/02/refugees-balkans-jones" target="_blank"><em> via Here &amp; Now</em></a></p></p> Mon, 02 Nov 2015 11:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-11-03/refugees-migrants-face-long-border-waits-cold-winters-balkans As EU’s woes continue, aspiring members in the Balkans struggle to find their place http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-09/eu%E2%80%99s-woes-continue-aspiring-members-balkans-struggle-find-their-place-94 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-08/eu1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Members of the Euro zone reached an agreement late last night that would tighten financial regulations and force fiscal discipline. The landmark shift in economic policy is the latest response to the European economic crisis.</p><p>As EU members attend to their financial mess, one aspect that’s getting little attention is what this all means for nations in the Western Balkans: Serbia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Croatia and Kosovo. The prospect of EU accession for these countries has started the process of bringing the Balkans together again after long war.</p><p>But with the EU’s richer nations losing patience with current members such as Greece, Spain and Italy, the integration of the poorer Balkan countries seems less certain, despite the region's significant reforms.</p><p><a href="http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/about/staff/field/europe/marko-prelec.aspx" target="_blank">Marco Prelec</a>, the director of the International Crisis Group's Balkans Project, provides analysis.</p></p> Fri, 09 Dec 2011 18:10:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-09/eu%E2%80%99s-woes-continue-aspiring-members-balkans-struggle-find-their-place-94 Global Notes: Balkan music superstar Goran Bregovic http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-12/global-notes-balkan-music-superstar-goran-bregovic-93096 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-12/goran.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>On this week’s <em><a href="http://wbez.org/globalnotes" target="_blank">Global Notes</a></em>, we meet Balkan music superstar Goran Bregovic. His raucous 40-piece band includes a large brass contingent, a male choir from Belgrade and traditional Bulgarian singers.</p><p>While Bregovic concerts are known to break out into massive dance parties, when <a href="http://cso.org/TicketsAndEvents/EventDetails.aspx?eid=4083">he comes to Symphony Center</a> on Friday, the audience will have to behave themselves. He tells Jerome and <em>Radio M </em>host Tony Sarabia what to expect.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Track List</strong></p><p>1. Paradehtika</p><p>2. Imagine</p><p>3. Hop Cup</p><p>4. In The Deathcar (feat. Iggy Pop) -- from the movie Arizona Dream</p><p>5. Streets Are Drunk</p><p>6. Tis Agapis Sou To Risko</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Listen to Goran perform "Balkaneros," a song on his upcoming album <em>Champagne for the Gypsies</em>:</strong></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/UIqzAZDpmtY" width="560" frameborder="0" height="315"></iframe></p></p> Wed, 12 Oct 2011 17:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-12/global-notes-balkan-music-superstar-goran-bregovic-93096