UNHCR Serbia Update, 02-05 March 2017
HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS
Over 7,800 refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants were counted in Serbia. 85% (6,610) of them were sheltered in 17 heated government facilities (below chart refers). The rest stayed rough in Belgrade city centre or the North.
On 03 March, UNHCR/CRPC/SCRM conducted a survey with 357 refugee and migrant men amongst 818 that were counted squatting in the Belgrade city centre. Among them, 76% were from Afghanistan and the rest from Pakistan. 138 were unaccompanied and separated boys, most from Afghanistan (89%). Some 73% of those surveyed indicated they did not wish to move to Obrenovac or another government shelter as they prefer to stay unregistered and closer to smugglers to irregularly move onwards.
Hungarian authorities admitted 24 asylum seekers into procedures at the Hungarian “transit zones” near Kelebija and Horgos border crossings. During the same period, some 55 asylum-seekers reported to UNHCR and partners to have been denied access to asylum procedures in Hungary but instead collectively expelled back into Serbia, with some alleging maltreatment by Hungarian authorities.
Between 01 and 05 March, 104 intents to seek asylum in Serbia were registered.