Barbara Beznec graduated in Political Science of International Relations at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, where she later earned her Ph.D. on the subject of European Citizenship. As a researcher and expert in migration, she has collaborated with various institutes and universities in Slovenia and abroad. Fields of work: European integrations, European border regime, Balkan migration route, migration policies and practices, inclusiveness, autonomy of migration.
Migration Reasearch Hub ID: 3802


Migration processes
Migration consequences (for migrants, sending and receiving countries)
Migration governance


  • Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Art, Slovenian Migration Institute

    Research Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
    Research Assistant


Governing the Balkan Route. Macedonia, Serbia and the European border regime

Authors Barbara Beznec, Marc S Speer, Marta Stojić Mitrović
In the paper we trace how Macedonia and Serbia strategically positioned themselves regarding the government of transit migration though their territory by dynamically shifting between humanitarianism and securitization before the formalized corridor emerged, during its existence, in the process of its closure, and after it was shut down. This is not to say that precise dates can be pinpointed to distinguish these “phases”: the emergence of the formalized corridor in the south of the Balkan route, for example, was a dynamic process which resulted from the interplay of state practices, practices of mobility, activities of activists, volunteers, and NGOs, media coverage, etc. The same applies for its closure. However, the text follows a diachronic line in which we describe the contextual factors that decisively shaped the transformation of the migration policies of the two states. It focuses in particular on transportation practices, accommodation, (in)visibility of migrants, activity of (non-)state actors, unique national instruments (such as the 72-hours paper), the One Stop centres and the transit zones at the Serbian-Hungarian border.
Year 2017
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