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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 Aug 2018 description

General

UNHCR Serbia and partners under its programme continued to observe new arrivals in 2018: both irregular movements through green borders as well as by air to Belgrade airport. Below charts show the arrival trend from the beginning of 2017 through April 2018 by country of transit and by nationality.

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.

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.

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.

09 May 2016 description

STATISTICS AND HIGHLIGHTS

  • UNHCR and partners learned of 75 irregular arrivals during the last two days: 34 from fYR Macedonia and 41 from Bulgaria.

  • On a daily basis approximately 260 asylum seekers were waiting for admission into “transit zones”. 134 departed in the last two days by accessing Hungarian asylum procedures.

  • Eight persons expressed intent to seek asylum, bringing the total in May to 29 and for the whole of 2016 to 2,568 (statistics courtesy of the Ministry of Interior).

13 Apr 2016 description

STATISTICS AND HIGHLIGHTS

  • UNHCR and partners learned of 22 irregular arrivals from fYR Macedonia.

  • 18 persons expressed intent to seek asylum, bringing the total in April 2016 to 216 and for the whole of 2016 to 2,157 (statistics courtesy of the Ministry of Interior).

  • 61 asylum seekers departed by accessing procedures in Hungarian “transit zones”.

  • With another 40 refugees leaving transit facilities in/near Sid, their occupancy dropped by 27% within one day.

SOUTH

12 Apr 2016 description

STATISTICS AND HIGHLIGHTS

  • UNHCR and partners learned of 183 irregular arrivals, 77 from Bulgaria and 106 from fYR Macedonia.

  • Some 180 persons were admitted into Hungary / procedures in “transit zones”. UNHCR and partners aided those waiting with food and non-food aid.

  • 93 (2 on 08/04; 39 on 09/04 and 52 on 10/04) persons expressed intent to seek asylum, bringing the total in April 2016 to 197 and for the whole of 2016 to 2,138 (statistics courtesy of the Ministry of Interior).

SOUTH

08 Apr 2016 description

STATISTICS AND HIGHLIGHTS

  • Occupancy in the three Refugee Aid Points (RAP) in the West continued to drop from 240 to below 150, i.e. 16% of some three weeks ago.

  • 20 (16 on 06/04 and 4 on 07/04) persons expressed intent to seek asylum, bringing the total in April 2016 to 104 and for the whole of 2016 to 1,990 (statistics courtesy of the Ministry of Interior).

SOUTH

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.

SOUTH

16 Mar 2016 description

STATISTICS

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

  • 15* individuals expressed their intent to seek asylum during the reporting period, bringing the total in March 2016 to 402. *Ministry of Interior (MOI) daily statistics

  • No arrivals or departures were recorded.

SOUTH

13 Mar 2016 description

STATISTICS AND HIGHLIGHTS

  • The UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees, Kelly Clements continued her visit to Serbia. As part of the agenda the Deputy High Commissioner met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ivica Dacic and the Serbian Commissioner for Refugees, Vladimir Cucic. She also visited a refugee family from Croatia that is part of the UNHCR refugee housing programme (RHP).

10 Mar 2016 description

STATISTICS AND HIGHLIGHTS

  • The UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees, Kelly Clements is visiting the UNHCR Operation in Serbia. As part of her mission to the South of the country, together with the Minister of Labour, Aleksandar Vulin, she visited the Miratovac Refugee Aid Point (RAP) and the Presevo Reception Centre (RC) where she met with the stranded refugees. The Deputy High Commissioner was also able to visit the 437 refugees, including many women and children, stranded on the fYR Macedonia side of the border on the “white stone” since 7 March.