Belgrade, 8 May 2019.

RLS SEE is looking for researchers or organizations with an experience in monitoring and analyzing the developments of the border and migration regime in the Balkans, and who are interested to analyze the present situation of the Balkan routes in relation to the EU and regional security politics.
-  What are the dynamics and consequences of the closures of the EU external borders in the region, in particular the Hungarian and Croatian borders? What has been the impact on migrants residing in non-EU countries like Serbia, how has it influenced the migrant flow? What are the key factors and actors in the management of migrant flows, accommodation, and border security (incl. private security agencies)?

- Southeast Europe within the EU border regime: How has role of the Balkan countries in the EU border regime developed since 2016? How do EU actors and policies influence the governing of the migrant routes in the region – in particular when it comes to the »Bosnian route« and the support for border management provided by the European Commission? How do migration issues intersect with regional security policies in the Balkans?

- Movement and solidarity: How have solidarity and humanitarian support initiatives reacted towards closures, chain push-backs and shifting routes in the Balkans? How have civil society actors in particular reacted towards the (mis)management of public institutions along the »Bosnian route«?

- Public discourse: How has the public/media discourse framed the migration along the Balkan routes since 2016? How have civil society and political actors responded towards xenophobia and antagonism towards migrants?
The aim of this study is:

- To provide a critical overview of the restructuring of the borders in the Balkans, with a particular focus on both the emergence of the »Bosnian route«, the EU external borders, and the role of EU and state institutions and policies.

- To document the work of local activists and other organizations in solidarity with refugees, to analyze the struggles around the migration regime in the Balkans and to discuss the possibilities and perspectives of solidarity activism in the region.
Deadline for the submission of tender is Friday, 31 May 2019.

For further information please see the attached PDF document!