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The Western Balkans – A 'Double Transit' Room - Solidarities, boundary drawings and boundary transgressions between migrants and local inhabitants in the puffer and waiting zones of the EU

Project lead:

Research team:

Dr. Snežana Stanković (associate member of the Viadrina Center B/ORDERS IN MOTION)

Cooperation partners:

  • Universität Belgrad
  • Universität Bihać
  • Universität Zagreb

Funding institution:

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)


January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020

Project description:

The DAAD project aimed to develop research on the former Yugoslav countries, especially the region of Bihać in Bosnia-Herzegovina, by observing its contemporary status of a “double transit” in the way that, on the one hand, it focuses on the difficult socio-political and economic situation and the partly halted EU-integration of the countries of the Western Balkans, while on the other hand, it wanted to explore the state of so-called “transit migrants” from the global South and East who cross the Balkans in the hope of reaching the EU countries, and thus, a better future and livelihood. These two ‘transit situations’ should be explored in an entangled perspective.

The project generates a special issue in the Journal of Borderlands Studies:

•            Leutloff-Grandits, Carolin (2023) Introduction: The Balkans as "double transit space": Boundary demarcations and boundary transgressions between local inhabitants and migrants from the Global South in the shadow of the EU border regime, Journal for Borderlands Studies. DOI: 10.1080/08865655.2022.2164043

•            Teodora Jovanović, Katarina Mitrović & Ildiko Erdei (2022) Moving While Waiting for the Future: Mobility and Education in Šid, Serbia, Journal of Borderlands Studies, DOI: 10.1080/08865655.2022.2048679

•            Iva Grubiša (2022) From Prison to Refuge and Back: The Interplay of Imprisonment and Creating a Sense of Home in the Reception Center for Asylum Seekers, Journal of Borderlands Studies, DOI: 10.1080/08865655.2022.2031255

•            Elissa Helms (2022) Social Boundaries at the EU Border: Engaged Ethnography and Migrant Solidarity in Bihać, Bosnia–Herzegovina, Journal of Borderlands Studies, DOI: 10.1080/08865655.2022.2108109

•            Vildana Pečenković & Nermina Delić (2022) Inclusion of Migrant and Refugee Children in the Education System: Exploring and Overcoming Language and Social Boundaries in the Una-Sana Canton, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Journal of Borderlands Studies, DOI: 10.1080/08865655.2022.2104339

•            Danijela Majstorović (2022) Rethinking Migrant Figures and Solidarity from the Peripheral Borderland of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Journal of Borderlands Studies. DOI: 10.1080/08865655.2022.2156371

•           Leutloff-Grandits, Carolin (2022) “We are not just the Border of Croatia, this is the Border of the European Union” The Croatian Borderland as "Double Periphery", Journal for Borderlands Studies. DOI: 10.1080/08865655.2022.2104340

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