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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.

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.

10 May 2018 description

KEY INDICATORS

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

11 Apr 2018 description
report Tufts University

Marina Lažetić and Teodora Jovanović

Introduction

23 Feb 2018 description

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.

20 Feb 2018 description
  • Hungarian authorities admitted 23 asylum-seekers from Serbia into asylum procedures at its socalled “transit zones”, compared to 39 in the preceding two weeks.

23 Jan 2018 description

KEY INDICATORS

497
Registered intentions to seek asylum in Serbia

33%
of registered refugees and migrants were minors

28
Applications for asylum

0
Persons granted refugee status

1
Persons granted subsidiary protection

04 Jul 2017 description

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06 Apr 2017 description

Highlights and Statistics

  • On 02 April, 7,720 refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants were counted in Serbia. 85% (6,593) were sheltered in 17 government facilities, while the rest slept rough in Belgrade city centre or close to the borders with Croatia or Hungary.

10 Feb 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS

  • The overall number of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants counted in Serbia stood around 7,700. Over 6,500 (85%) of them were sheltered in 17 heated government facilities. According to available data, most were children (47%) and women (16%), with 37% adult men. 82% fled three so called “refugee producing countries, namely Afghanistan (52%), Iraq (20%) and Syria (9%).

07 Feb 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS

  • The overall number of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants counted in Serbia stood around 7,700. Close to 6,500 (85%) of them were sheltered in 17 heated government facilities. The others were staying rough in Belgrade city centre or in the North near the Hungarian border.

23 Oct 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS

  • Some 6,300 new refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants, encountered by UNHCR and partners remain in Serbia. Of those, over 4,800 (or 77%) were accommodated in governmental facilities, including 1,765 in five Asylum Centres and 3,069 in “Transit” or Reception Centres. The others were counted at the border with Hungary and close to 1,000 sleeping rough at night in Belgrade City centre.

18 Oct 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS

  • Some 6,300 new refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants, encountered by UNHCR and partners remain in Serbia. Of those, some 75% (or 4,753) were accommodated in governmental facilities, with 1,741 in five Asylum Centres and 3,012 in “Transit” or Reception Centres. The others were counted at the border with Hungary and around 1,000 sleeping rough at night in Belgrade City centre.

12 Oct 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS

  • The number of new refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants, encountered by UNHCR and partners in Serbia, continued rising, now to around 6,300. 80% (or 5,000) were accommodated in governmental facilities, with 1,863 in five Asylum Centres and 3,137 in “Transit” or Reception Centres. The others were counted at the border with Hungary and around 1,000 sleeping rough at night in Belgrade City centre.

18 Jun 2016 description

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.

14 Jun 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS

  • Approximately 600 asylum seekers, predominantly women and children, were waiting their admission into Hungarian “transit zones” in the open at the border crossing in Horgos I and Kelebjia. The Serbian Commissariat for Refugees and Migration (SCRM) accommodated also up to 194 in the Refugee Aid Point (RAP) in Subotica.

06 Apr 2016 description

STATISTICS AND HIGHLIGHTS

Nobody filed intend to seek asylum on 5 April, keeping the total in April at 84 (statistics courtesy of the Ministry of Interior).

23 Mar 2016 description

STATISTICS AND HIGHLIGHTS

  • No official arrivals or departures were recorded.

  • In the West, the authorities transferred 150 Syrian refugees (mostly families) from Sid RAP to Principovac RAP. Another group of approximately 10 women and 14 children, mostly single mothers, were transferred from Adasevci RAP to Tutin and Sjenica Asylum Centres. More transfers to Principovac from Sid RAP are expected in the coming days.

21 Mar 2016 description

STATISTICS AND HIGHLIGHTS

  • On 18 March, UNHCR reiterated that asylum safeguards must prevail during the implementation of the new EU - Turkey Migration agreement. Please find attached the full UNHCR press-release.

  • Estimate of refugees/migrants currently in Serbia: 2,000

  • Ten (two on 18/03; two on 19/03 and six on 20/03)* individuals expressed their intent to seek asylum during the reporting period, bringing the total in March 2016 to 440. *Ministry of Interior (MOI) daily statistics

21 Mar 2016 description

STATISTICS AND HIGHLIGHTS

  • Estimate of refugees/asylum-seekers currently in Serbia: 2,000

  • 12* individuals expressed their intent to seek asylum during the reporting period, bringing the total in March 2016 to 430. *Ministry of Interior (MOI) daily statistics

  • No official arrivals or departures were recorded.

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