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Graffiti in Bujanovac, Serbia, announces the impoverished town’s name. Poor people in the Balkans, mostly Gypsies, have traveled to Western Europe in a steady stream since EU countries started allowing them visa-free entry three years ago. About 99 percent of asylum requests from Balkan citizens are rejected, but asylum seekers receive generous benefits while their applications are under review. (Associated Press)

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