Serbian police say they have found 29 migrants with no documents and arrested a suspected people smuggler.
Police said on June 27 that they discovered the migrants in a southern village near the border town of Presevo. The migrants were packed into two cars with false plates, according to police.
The man caught with the migrants faces charges of illegal crossing of the border and people smuggling.
Joint NGO statement ahead of the European Council of 28-29 June 2016 NGOs strongly condemn new EU policies to contain migration
At the upcoming European Council, European Union (EU) leaders will discuss the European Commission’s Communication on a new Partnership Framework with third countries. The Communication proposes an approach which aims to leverage existing EU and Member States' external cooperation instruments and tools in order to stem migration to Europe.
“In the past, we have witnessed a practice that differentiates people based on their nationality. Those coming from subSaharan African countries, for instance, are typically considered ‘safe’ and are thus issued deportation orders as soon as they arrive on the EU territory. In many cases, they are not informed of their protection possibilities, and the national authorities and European agencies present, thus effectively refrain from giving them opportunities to claim asylum.
HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS
A number of events were organized in all sites to mark the World Refugee Day, on 20 June, UNHCR also opened a photo exhibition “UNHCR in Serbia: 40 Years of Assistance and Cooperation” in Belgrade marking the 40 years anniversary of UNHCR presence in the country.
Combined Monthly Europe Population Movement Operations Update
214.691 llegadas por mar en 2016
publicado a las 10:00 hs. (horario Europa Central) 21/6/16
1.011.712 llegadas en 2015
215,380 arrivals by sea in 2016*
2,868 dead/missing in 2016*
* data.unhcr.org/mediterranean as of 22 June 2016
Trends on sea arrivals
Between 13 and 19 June, some 405 refugees and migrants arrived by sea in Greece. This is a slight increase from the previous week when 358 people arrived to the Greek shores. For the fourth time in the last ten days, there were 40-60 daily new arrivals to Samos.
New report seeks a breakthrough on crucial aspect of Kosovo-Serbia dialogue
Agreements between Kosovo and Serbia calling for creation of an Association of Serbian Municipalities have transformative implications for the future of Serb communities in Kosovo, and the country's governance more broadly. Yet progress on establishing the Association has stalled. PAX and its partner, ECMI Kosovo, have launched a new report detailing a proposed compromise on the Association, aimed at 'breaking the impasse' between Kosovo and Serbia.
Key Figures Mediterranean
211,385 arrivals by sea in 2016*
2,856 dead/missing in 2016*
*data.unhcr.org/mediterranean as of 15 june 2016
Subotica, 20 June 2016 - Government, civil society, the Serbian Ombuds institution, and members of the UN family gathered today for three days of Chatham House discussions of lessons learned in securing the human rights of migrants and refugees on the Balkan Land Route.
The migration situation in the Balkans has evolved significantly since the beginning of 2016. The closure of the so-called Balkan route and the EU-Turkey deal led to new challenges for thousands of refugee children and their families who got stranded from one day to the next in Serbia, Macedonia or Greece.
“The closure itself has created an incredible psychological pressure on those people seeking for international protection”, says Martin Morand, responsible for Tdh’s emergency programmes in South Europe.
IOM will be providing a number of services for six newly established accommodation facilities in northern and southern Greece. These services will include: camp set-up; protection through the provision of communication facilities as well as direct assistance to vulnerable cases such as victims of trafficking and unaccompanied minors; and, provision of medical assistance in coordination with Medecins du Monde Greece.
SOS Children's Villages helps refugee children in Macedonia and Serbia
Since the Balkan refugee route was officially closed in March, the number of people in the refugee centres in FYR Macedonia and Serbia has been steadily decreasing. Nevertheless, SOS Children's Villages remains committed to helping children who are stranded in Macedonia and Serbia find normality.
HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS
After the parliament in Budapest adopted a new law that allows the police to return asylum seekers that entered Hungary irregularly and were apprehended within 8 km zone from the Serbian border, the Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy, Mr. Aleksandar Vulin was quoted in the media that “Serbia will not allow forcible return of migrants from Hungary or any other country to its territory” and announced that Belgrade will seek an explanation from Budapest.
Vienna, Austria | AFP | Friday 6/17/2016 - 19:08 GMT
Austria on Friday offered to help Hungary secure its border with Serbia, which is already well-protected but where migrants continue to cross in a bid to reach northern Europe.
Hungary has long been criticised by its European partners for its treatment of migrants, having sealed its border with Serbia last year with razor wire and making illegal border crossing a criminal offence punishable by jail.
Since 1 January 2016, 200,000 people have arrived on European shores by sea. The great part of them arrived through the Aegean Sea before the closure of the so called Balkan road and around 50,000 arrived in Italy through the dangerous Central Mediterranean route. At least 50,000 are stuck in Greece after the closure of the Balkan route, with the extremely dangerous Central Mediterranean becoming one of the few remaining opportunities to reach Europe for thousands of people.
De los 15.000 solicitantes de asilo atendidos por Cruz Roja en 2015 y los primeros 4 primeros meses de 2016, 71 pertenecen al programa de reubicación de Grecia e Italia.
En el ámbito internacional, Cruz Roja Española refuerza su intervención en Grecia en los campos de refugiados de Skaramagas y Ritsona (región de Attica) y en la isla de Chíos.
Cruz Roja Española está intensificando su intervención con personas refugiadas dentro y fuera de nuestro país.