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On 24 February 2016, a father kisses his baby boy inside a train outside Vinojug transit center. A 4 to 5-hour train ride will take them to Tabanovce, near the border with Serbia. Refugees and migrants are crossing from Greece into the Vinojug Transit Center, near the town of Gevgelija. It is there that they register their “intent to seek asylum” and wait to board a train taking them to Tabanovce, at the border with Serbia, from where they will continue their journey. They are from Syria and Iraq, as Afghan nationals have been stopped from coming through, following a joint statement by Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on 18 February 2016.

In 2016, despite harsh weather, choppy seas, and border restrictions, people continue to make their way to western and northern Europe through the Balkan land route. This year alone, approx. 90,000 people have been registered in Gevgelija, in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. As many as 60% are women and children. Children alone make up 40% of the population on the move.