UNHCR Serbia Update, 2 - 5 March 2017

Report
from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 05 Mar 2017 View Original

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.