‘Life in Limbo’ Research Launch



Time: 15:30 CET
Location: Brussels, Belgium

The closure of the Western Balkans route stranded thousands of people on the move in Serbia, some of them for over a year.

The Danish Refugee Council and the Mixed Migration Platform have interviewed 60 refugees, migrants and asylum seekers in Serbia trapped since the route closed. The purpose of the project was to better understand the support which refugees arriving in Serbia receive, and how the lives of both those stuck ‘in limbo’ and their families in other countries have been affected.

The research shines a light on how people’s plans and hopes for the future have been affected by being blocked from moving elsewhere in Europe, the lack of legal guidance, the need to find protection and their wish to reunite with family members. It particularly focused on the impact this situation has had on the mental health of refugees and migrants, and their ability to cope.

DRC and MMP are organising a panel discussion in Brussels to both present the findings of the research and to explain the situation in Serbia within the broader context of the European Union response to refugees and migrants. The event explains the limbo created for people on the move as a result of EU policies, and aims to promote a forward-looking perspective, focusing on policy responses and solutions for these people – many of whom move on due to the physical and legal limbo they find themselves in.

The event will bring together a variety of speakers , and will feature:

  • A perspective from Serbia through the presentation of research findings
  • A perspective from Greece on obtaining refugee protection in the EU
  • A perspective from the EU through a presentation on inclusion and integration
  • A forward-looking perspective for Europe on helping those currently trapped in Serbia

The event will take place from 3:30pm to 5:30pm on 25 September 2017. It will be held at the CEPS Meeting Room, Place du Congrès 1, 3rd floor, 1000 Brussels. Due to limited space, please RSVP to birte.schorpion@drc.dk at your earliest convenience.