It's the beginning of November and temperatures keep dropping in Serbia, where border crossing points scattered across the country are crowded with thousands of ill, tired and hungry refugees waiting to continue their journey to the EU. Every day, hundreds – if not thousands – of refugees from countries including Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and Eritrea, reach the Berkasovo border crossing where they are divided into groups of 50 by the police, before they can cross into the Croatian town of Bapska. The Berkasovo-Bapska crossing point is scheduled to be definitively closed by the end of the week (8 November), after which refugees will reach Croatia by train from the Šid train station.

Serbia is merely a transit point for refugees, who usually spend less than 24 hours in the country. However, when authorities temporarily close crossing points due to security issues or to stagger the refugee influx, thousands of people, including pregnant women and children, sleep in makeshift camps in the freezing cold.


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One-year-old Ayesha, from Afghanistan, and her father are waiting at the Berkasovo crossing point, Serbia, before they can continue their journey to Germany, 3 November 2015Ludovica Iaccino
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Aneif, from Afghanistan, waits at the Berkasovo crossing point before he can continue his journey to Germany, 3 November 2015Ludovica Iaccino
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Rima and her eight-year-old daughter Aya are travelling from Syria to Germany. They had to spend the night in a tent provided by volunteers as authorities had temporarily closed the Berkasovo crossing point in Serbia. Aya is unable to walk due to blisters on her feet caused by both the cold weather and the long distances covered by walking. 3 November 2015Ludovica Iaccino
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Refugees wait for authorities to reopen the Berkasovo crossing point, Serbia, so that they can continue their journey to the EU, 3 November 2015Ludovica Iaccino
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Bilal, from Somalia, waits at the Berkasovo crossing point, Serbia, to be able to continue his journey to the EU, 3 November 2015Ludovica Iaccino

Refugees are already being relocated from the border with Macedonia to the Šid train station where they can reach by train the Croatian transit centre near the city of Slavonski Brod. However, they have to wait for hours in buses or even outside before they are able to board the next train. As winter is approaching, many refugees are falling ill while lack of necessary items such as blankets and appropriate shoes make their journey even more exhausting and perilous.

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Moonif, from Syria, waits for the train to depart from Šid train station, Serbia, so that he can reach Croatia and continue his journey to Germany, 3 November 2015Ludovica Iaccino
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Refugees at Šid train station, Serbia, board a train that will take them to Croatia so that they can continue their journey to the EU, 3 November 2015 Ludovica Iaccino
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Refugees heading to the EU gesture as the train taking them to Croatia departs from Šid train station, Serbia, on 3 November 2015Ludovica Iaccino
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Aslam and his son Kabir, from Afghanistan, wait to board a train at Šid train station, Serbia, that will take them to Croatia, 3 November 2015 Ludovica Iaccino
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Syrian refugees gesture as a train taking them to Croatia is about to depart from Šid train station, Serbia, 3 November 2015 Ludovica Iaccino