The Western Balkan Route is one of the main migratory pathways into Europe. Since mid-2018, transit corridors from Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Serbia, as well as through Albania and Montenegro, via Bosnia and Herzegovina became one of the most travelled mixed migration routes in the Western Balkans, with approximately 70,000 people arrived in Bosnia and Herzegovina since early 2018. 60% of these migrants rely on traffickers, while 40% walk alone, facing countless dangers.
The vast majority have entered the European Union, leaving behind up to 8,500 people blocked in Bosnia and Herzegovina so far. Of these, over two hundred are minors who travel alone.
Migrants and refugees stuck along the Balkan Route are in desperate need of adequate shelter, warm clothes, nutritious food and medical assistance. Their already precarious situation has been further tested due to frigid temperatures and COVID-19 health emergency.