Balkan Countries and the Migrant Crisis

March 15, 2016 | Brainwave Science


Balkan Countries and the Migrant Crisis
March 15, 2016 | Brainwave Science


The whole of Europe is under gargantuan pressure to respond to the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. As many as 14,000 migrants are being stranded at the muddy transit Idomeni camp, situated at the Greece-Macedonia border. Dismayed and fraught, hundreds of migrants are constantly attempting to find gaps in the barbed-wire fence on the border, and some successfully finding them or bursting through them. Macedonia police and soldiers then detains the migrants, putting them in migrant trucks, sometimes having to let off tear gas to force them away.

Bulgaria has also sent 400 troops and security personnel from the army, paramilitary police and police to guard its border with Greece, amid fears of increased migrant flow along the Balkan route. Since October, Hungary sealed off its border with Croatia, pushing the migrant route west to Slovenia—almost 500,000 migrants passed Slovenia on their way to Austria and other Western European countries. Human smuggling flourished in Serbia, since the country became part of the Balkan migrant corridor for hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.


The majority of the refugees stuck at the borders do not have the proper documentation of asylum seekers, and whilst some do, the immigration centers all over Europe take long steps to process and file them. A major concern of law enforcement is the security risks that illegal migrants pose when entering borders. When proper apparatus or vetting system is lacking, this concern is maximized and the crisis is further prolonged.

Biometric identification is useful only when a person’s biomarkers already exists in a former database. Visa interviews and background checks are far too lengthy and suffer from multiple loopholes such as false testimonies, forged papers and documentation, and the subjectivity of immigration officers. Most refugees do not have sufficient papers and documentation, and in circumstances where they do, there is a lack of objective certainty from the existing screening process that can scientifically guarantee that the person is not affiliated with criminal networks.


iCognative is a highly advanced technology apparatus that offers an objective means of identification that is knowledge-based. By analyzing specific brain responses called the P300 and P300 MERMER, the solution safely and non-invasively verifies whether the information contained in the person’s account is present in his/her brain. Inversely, the system can detect whether the information a person denies knowing, such as bomb-making knowledge or terrorist affiliations, are known or unknown to the person.

The capability to detect whether specific information is stored in a person’s brain is unparalleled—no other security solution in the world offers a powerful specific screening solution that is able to efficiently answer to the magnitude of the migrant crisis facing Europe. Investigation and background checks are exorbitantly time-consuming, interrogation is most often unreliable, and biometric identification cannot reveal what information the person is harboring. These significant shortcomings underscore Europe’s slow and inefficient response to a humanitarian crisis that is exponentially growing per day.

Given iCognative’s ability to match available information with the information stored in an individual’s memory bank, border security personnel and immigration officers can cost-effectively increase the number of suspects vetted per day with or without the proper documentation. Senior officials from Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, and Austria said that control of the region’s borders is crucial to prevent illegal entry, while allowing through those who have the right to seek asylum in EU countries. A solution like iCognative empowers European countries to enable law border security bodies to do just this–accept the right people and turn away the wrong people.