Croatia’s accession to the EU in July has reopened the stream of illegal immigration that passes through the Balkans via Greece and spreads around Europe. As the number of undocumented immigrants rises in the countries concerned, reception facilities are almost non-existent.
When night falls, they climb into locally-rented private cars or light vans. The operation costs them from 600 to 1,000 euros, sometimes even more. It’s a gamble, but these days it pays off, since many succeed in getting across Slovenia to Italy and the rest of Europe. Sitting in a cafe near Ban Jelačić square in Zagreb, PWS, a Nigerian based in Zagreb, takes a sip of coffee and pulls an old phone from his pocket. “See it? I’ve got the SMS messages here. They say life is better in the north.”
Read the comments. Very little concern, one example: “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger! Good luck to these people. If I could be of any help, I would also tell them that life is far more better in the North… East. Poland, Czech Republic and the Baltic states. I am being serious 🙂 These countries are desperately boring white but with a real savoir-vivre (may be inherited from the reds). Costs of living are far lower than in the west and chances to find a job certainly similar. More, it’s time for these countries to share the burden as well as the enrichment associated if they want to play in the heavy league.”