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Jeff Crisp, RSC Research Associate, writes for IRIN News

Today on IRIN News, Dr Jeff Crisp writes about the new tactic of ‘national segregation’ that has been adopted by a number of Balkan countries, in an attempt to limit the number of people making their way to northern Europe from Greece. He writes that “The policy allows entry to arrivals from the war-torn countries of Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, while barring the admission of people from states such as Bangladesh, Iran, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Sudan, where levels of violence and human rights abuses appear to be lower.” This, he says, has added “a new degree of chaos to an already fraught situation.”

Furthermore, he states that “in addition to the immense hardship and confusion it has caused, the ‘designated nationalities’ strategy constitutes an inadequate, inequitable and illegal response to the refugee challenge in the Balkans.”

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