In spite of tightened border restrictions and an increasingly difficult journey, refugee arrivals to the Hungarian border have continued, and issues with smugglers persist in Macedonia. There were also reports of violent attacks and sexual assaults on refugees in Macedonia. A volunteer with MSF stated “closure of the borders will not discourage people from migration. It will just put them in a more vulnerable position and make them more exposed to smugglers.”
In Serbia, 3,600 refugees are currently in transit, the U.N. says; many of them hiking through sunflower fields and vineyards on their way to Hungary’s fence. These refugees journeying through Serbia face 10,000 Hungarian police and soldiers, equipped with drones, night-vision goggles, heat-seeking cameras, and helicopters waiting on the other side of the border. The aftermath of a failed coup in Turkey has put EU-Turkey deal at risk of collapsing, and stirred concerns in Bulgaria of refugees being able to pass across the 240 kilometer (150 mile) long Bulgarian-Turkish border.