The tens of thousands of migrants who have flooded into the Balkans in recent weeks need food, water and shelter, just like the millions displaced by war the world over. But there is also one other thing they swear they cannot live without: a smartphone charging station.Among other things, the smartphones help them connect with traffickers. Also from the Times:
On the Arabic-language Facebook group Trafficking to Europe, one trafficker offers a 50 percent discount for children under 5. The 1,700 euro price of the journey from Istanbul to Thessaloniki, Greece, about $1,900, includes travel by car to and from each side of the border with a two-hour walk across.Not only is a lot of illegal immigration going on, but there appears to be a pretty sophisticated network ready to support it, or at least make money off it. So much for the stereotype of such migrants being poor or fleeing poverty. Read the full story.