(from a festival call out)
In the recent years, Serbia has turned from a country of transit for
undocumented migrants into a country where migrants are stuck for
increasingly longer periods of time. Under the pressure of approaching the
EU membership, Serbia has developed its independent asylum system and
reinforced border controls and deportation mechanism on the border with
Macedonia. It has also obediently cooperated with the EU's efforts to keep
migrants out of EU -- it has signed the readmission agreement with the EU
and developed the cooperation with Frontex, the EU agency for the
management and operational cooperation on the external borders of the EU.
The result of this is the increased repression of migrants in Serbia.
Hundreds of undocumented migrants living in make-shift jungles close to
the Schengen border with Hungary (especially in Subotica) are daily
persecuted by the police and fear violence, arrest, detention and
Unfortunately there is a complete lack of migrant solidarity
mobilisations, and a relative lack of a discourse, critical of the
repressive EU policies and their externalisation in Serbia.
That's why one of the focuses of the ZAF – the Zrenjanin Antifascist
Festival – this year will be the resistance against the border system in
the Serbian context and the critique of the EU migration politics.
If you are interested in attending the festival, or participating in the
program, especially if you need accommodation in Zrenjanin, please let us
know that you are coming in advance. Please note that accomodation places
are very limited, so providing your own sleeping arangements would be
great. Please get in touch with the organizers to consult the options of
If you come by car, it would be great if you could bring blankets,
sleeping bags and other warm stuff that the undocumented migrants, stuck
in Subotica on their way towards the EU, will be in need of, as the colder