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Migrants rest while EU commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson (not pictured) inspects the Obrenovac migrant reception centre in Obrenovac, Serbia, 18 June 2021 | Photo: EPA / ANDREJ CUKIC
From file: migrants have been arriving in the Czech Republic since the height of the so-called refugee crisis in 2015 | Photo: picture alliance/L. Zavoral
From file: Antonio Tajani | Photo: AFP/Aris Oikonomou
From file: Migrants in front of Prague main train station, Czech Republic, September 14, 2022 | Photo: CTK Photo/Milos Ruml/picture-alliance
The number of irregular crossings on the Central Mediterranean migration route increased by half in 2022 | Photo: Vincenzo Circosta/AA/picture alliance
Hani, a Red Cross worker who assists migrants in North Macedonia | Source: Screenshot DW report
140,000 people entered the EU irregularly via the Western Balkans in 2022, according to Frontex | Photo : Kemal Softic/AP/picture-alliance
From file: Migrants walk in the smoke during a winter day in Lipa, near Bihac, in Bosnia and Herzegovina | Photo: EPA/FEHIM DEMIR
Serbian Gendarmerie officers search migrants near the town of Horgos, Serbia, near the border with Hungary, Friday, November 25, 2022 | Photo: Serbian Ministry of Interior via AP/picture-alliance
From file: A Polish border post in Tolcze near Kuznica, Poland, January 27, 2022 | Photo: Reuters/Kacper Pempel
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Osman, 20, and Mohsen, 26, in front of an abandoned train station in Belgrade | Photo: InfoMigrants