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08 Apr 2019 description
  • UNHCR welcomed the Asylum Office of the Ministry of Interior ruling on 15 applications for asylum during March, granting protection to 11 and rejecting four. So far, during the first quarter of 2019, the Asylum Office recognised needs for international protection of 25 asylum seekers in Serbia, granting 11 refugee and 14 subsidiary status, which equals the total number of persons granted protection during the whole of last year. Amongst these 25 refugees, 20 benefitted from legal representation, and three from psychological assessments under the UNHCR project.

04 Apr 2019 description

New refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants - presence and shelter

Total (observed) arrivals – March: 1,760
Total (observed) arrivals – February: 1,094

Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - March: 234 Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - February: 153

Total occupancy of government centres – end March: 3,625 Total occupancy of government centres - end February: 3,898

04 Mar 2019 description

New refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants - presence and shelter

04 Feb 2019 description
  • Total (observed) arrivals - January: 629
  • Total (observed) arrivals – December: 1,171
  • Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - January: 156
  • Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - December: 169
  • Total occupancy of government centres - end January: 4,212
  • Total occupancy of government centres – end December: 4,205
  • Total presence of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers – end January: 4,510
  • Total presence of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers – end December: 4,468
31 Jan 2019 description

Key Indicators

  • 2,237 Registered intentions to seek asylum in Serbia
  • 36% of registered refugees and migrants were minors
  • 124 Applications for asylum
  • 2 Persons granted refugee status
  • 0 Persons granted subsidiary protection

15 Jan 2019 description
  • Total (observed) arrivals – December: 1,171
  • Total (observed) arrivals - November: 1,275
  • Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - December: 169
  • Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - November: 178
  • Total occupancy of government centres – end December: 4,205
  • Total occupancy of government centres - end November: 3,891
  • Total presence of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers – end December: 4,468
  • Total presence of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers – end November: 4,165
03 Jan 2019 description
  • 4,468 refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants were present in Serbia on 30 December – an increase from 4,346 two weeks ago. Of them, 4,205 (i.e. 94%) were accommodated in 16 governmental Reception/Transit (RTC) or Asylum Centres (AC). Additionally, over 260 mainly male refugees/migrants were observed outside centres: 100 in Belgrade City, some 150 camping close to borders with Croatia or Hungary and a handful in/near Loznica at the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina.
07 Dec 2018 description
  • Total (observed) arrivals – November: 1,275
  • Total (observed) arrivals - October: 2,636
  • Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - November: 178
  • Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - October: 240
  • Total occupancy of government centres – end November: 3,891
  • Total occupancy of government centres - end October: 3,485
  • Total presence of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers – end November: 4,165
  • Total presence of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers – end October: 3,919
25 Nov 2018 description
  • On 14 November, a young man from Syria died in the hospital in Belgrade despite receiving all possible treatment, as reportedly he had not been able to properly treat an injury sustained on the way to Serbia, resulting in major complications. This is yet another example illustrating the dangers of the current situation of mixed movements of people.
14 Nov 2018 description
  • Another tragic accident illustrated the dangers of the current situation of mixed movements of people: On 11 November the police near Loznica found a body of a man suspected to have drowned in the Drina River. While the investigation is ongoing, local media reported that some ten days ago, when a group of refugees/migrants tried to cross the river into Bosnia, two young men from Iran disappeared. It is suspected that the body now found may belong to one of them.

13 Nov 2018 description

Total (observed) arrivals – October: 2,636
Total (observed) arrivals - September: 2,540

Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - October: 240
Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - September: 409

Total occupancy of government centres – end October: 3,485
Total occupancy of government centres - end September: 3,411

Total presence of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers – end October: 3,919
Total presence of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers – end September: 3,905

01 Nov 2018 description
  • 3,919 new refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants were counted in Serbia on 28 October, a slight increase from 3,825 counted two weeks ago. 3,485 (i.e. 89%) of them were accommodated in 15 governmental Reception/Transit (RTC) or Asylum Centres (AC). Also, close to 450 mainly male refugees/migrants were observed outside centres: 200 in Belgrade City, some 160 camping close to borders with Croatia or Hungary and up to 70 in Loznica, close to the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

15 Oct 2018 description
  • The number of new refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants in Serbia on 14 October was 3,825, compared to 3,905 counted two weeks ago. Of those, 3,338 (i.e. 87%) were accommodated in 15 governmental Reception/Transit (RTC) or Asylum Centres. Also, close to 500 mainly male refugees/migrants were observed outside the centres: 200 in Belgrade City, another 200 camping close to borders with Croatia or Hungary and up to 80 in Loznica, close to the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

12 Oct 2018 description

KEY INDICATORS

2,505 Registered intentions to seek asylum in Serbia

28% of registered refugees and migrants were minors

102 Applications for asylum

2 Persons granted refugee status

5 Persons granted subsidiary protection

10 Oct 2018 description

Total (observed) arrivals – September: 2,523
Total (observed) arrivals - August: 2,458

Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - September: 408
Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - August: 468

Total occupancy of government centres – end September: 3,400
Total occupancy of government centres - end August: 3,200

Total presence of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers – end September: 3,900
Total presence of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers – end August: 3,700

01 Oct 2018 description
  • The number newly arriving refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants that were observed or assisted by UNHCR and partners in Serbia grew to 1,130 - compared to 961 during the preceding fortnight. 53% claimed to have entered Serbia irregularly from fYR Macedonia (down from 55% two weeks ago) and 20% from Bulgaria (down from 30%), and 21% to have arrived regularly by air (up from 13%). Most new arrivals originated from Afghanistan (26%), Pakistan (24%), or Iran (23%), followed by Iraq (6%), Bangladesh (3%), or Syria (2%). 69% were adult men, 23% children (incl.

17 Sep 2018 description
  • Since the start of the new academic year on 03 September, local and central authorities successfully enrolled refugee/migrant children into a second year of public schooling. Consolidated efforts to secure comprehensive enrolment of all refugee/migrant children also resulted in greatly increased enrolment in public pre-schools and institutions of secondary education.

14 Sep 2018 description

Total (observed) arrivals - August: 2,458
Total (observed) arrivals - July: 1,989
Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - August: 468
Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - July: 156
Total occupancy of government centres – end August: 3,200
Total occupancy of government centres - end July: 3,150
Total presence of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers – end August: 3,700
Total presence of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers – end July: 3,600

10 Sep 2018 description

During the massive influx of refugees and migrants in 2015, Serbia was mainly a country of transit on the route to European Union for the several hundreds of thousands fleeing war and persecution. Even after the EU-Turkey Statement in March 2016 and de facto closure of the borders along the so-called Balkan route, the perception of those that remained stranded did not change and Serbia was still not considered as a destination country by most refugees and migrants, even though transit became ineffective and drastically prolonged compared to 2015 and early 2016.