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- DFID: Over five million Afghans will receive emergency life-saving UK aid. 17 Jun 2019
- UNICEF: Afghanistan sees three-fold increase in attacks on schools in one year – UNICEF. 28 May 2019
- UN News: About 600,000 Afghan children face death from malnutrition without emergency funds. 24 May 2019
- IOM: A third of Afghans have migrated or been displaced since 2012: IOM. 21 May 2019
Most read reports
- DFID: Over five million Afghans to receive emergency life-saving UK aid. 17 Jun 2019
- UNAMA: UN: Civilian population in Afghanistan must be protected from harm. 9 Jun 2019
- USAID: Catalyzing Afghan Agricultural Innovation, May 2018 - May 2023. 17 Jun 2019
- USAID: Grain Research and Innovation (GRAIN), March 2017 - September 2022. 17 Jun 2019
- IOM: IOM - Humanitarian Assistance Programme (HAP) Weekly Report (29 May - 11 June 2019). 17 Jun 2019
On 21 May, three young men from Afghanistan and one from Pakistan were found in critical condition at a parking lot near Novi Sad, after they had spent several hours in a sealed gas tank, at temperature above 60 degrees Celsius. Presumably, they tried to hide in the truck to clandestinely enter Croatia. Although they were immediately transferred to the Clinical Centre in Novi Sad, three passed away, including a 16 year old unaccompanied boy from Afghanistan. Families, friends and authorities cooperated in organizing the repatriation of their bodies to Afghanistan for burial.
The Asylum Office of the Ministry of Interior ruled on three applications for asylum during April, granting refugee status to one and rejecting two. So far in the first four months of 2019, the Asylum Office recognised needs for international protection of 22 asylum seekers in Serbia, granting 12 refugee and 10 subsidiary status.
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.
- 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
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
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.
MAIN DEVELOPMENTS, RESPONSE AND ACHIEVEMENTS
UNHCR supported Serbia inter alia in the following fields:
a) Asylum System Development and response to the European Refugee and Migration Situation
b) Prevention and Reduction of Statelessness
c) Support to Solutions for Internally Displaced Persons
d) Support to Solutions for Refugees from former Yugoslavia
From January through June 2018, UNHCR expended USD 5, 4 million through partnership with 15 partners
1,561 Registered intentions to seek asylum in Serbia
30% of registered refugees and migrants were minors
58 Applications for asylum
7 Persons granted refugee status
7 Persons granted subsidiary protection
1,731 Registered intentions to seek asylum in Serbia
23% of registered refugees and migrants were minors
35 Applications for asylum
3 Persons granted refugee status
2 Persons granted subsidiary protection
In March, UNHCR and partners under its project had provided over 12,800 community-based protection services, including over 10,000 interpretation and legal counselling/info services, over 450 referrals to medical, social welfare, legal registration and other forms of assistance, provided psychosocial and psychological support in over 220 instances, non-formal educational activities and other protection interventions at over 23 sites throughout Serbia.
On 22 March, the Serbian Parliament adopted a new Law on Asylum and Temporary Protection, as well as new laws on Foreigners and on the Protection of State Borders. All three new laws will be relevant for managing the refugee and migration situation. The new Asylum Law, for example, aligns Serbian legislation to international and EU standards by including an improved refugee definition and enhanced provisions for unaccompanied and separated asylum-seeking children.
The overall number of new refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants remained stable with 4,006 counted in Serbia on 04 March. 94% (or 3,750) were accommodated in 18 governmental centres.
This report was written by Pavle Kilibarda and Nikola Kovačević at the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), and was edited by ECRE. The 2016 and 2017 updates were written by Nikola Kovačević at BCHR, and edited by ECRE.
This report draws on the BCHR’s experience in representing asylum seekers and refugees in Serbia, engaging the asylum authorities and monitoring the respect for the right to asylum in the country.
The information in this report is up-to-date as of 31 December 2017, unless otherwise stated.
Hungarian authorities admitted 23 asylum-seekers from Serbia into asylum procedures at its socalled “transit zones”, compared to 39 in the preceding two weeks.
Registered intentions to seek asylum in Serbia
of registered refugees and migrants were minors
Applications for asylum
Persons granted refugee status
Persons granted subsidiary protection
HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS
The overall situation remained stable with 4,196 new refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants counted in Serbia on 14 January 2018. 3,921 (or 94%) of them are housed in 18 governmental centres, while some 170, mostly men, continued sleeping in informal locations in Belgrade city centre and smaller groups near borders with Croatia or Hungary.