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14 Jun 2019 description
  • 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.

06 Jun 2019 description

Total (observed) arrivals – May: 2,512
Total (observed) arrivals – April: 1,826

Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - May: 456
Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - April: 183

Total occupancy of government centres – end May: 3,020
Total occupancy of government centres - end April: 3,060

Total presence of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers – end May: 3,592
Total presence of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers – end April: 3,592

23 May 2019 description

Serbian authorities said two migrants died and two others were in serious condition after hiding in a tanker truck near the border with Hungary.

The men were discovered on May 21 in northern Serbia when the truck driver opened the tank and saw them lying unconscious.

Hospital officials in Novi Sad told RFE/RL’s Balkan Service that the migrants suffered heatstroke and suffocation. One died on May 22 and the other died overnight. The two others are in intensive care.

According to the Serbian Interior Ministry, at least two of the migrants were from Afghanistan.

07 May 2019 description
  • 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.

06 May 2019 description

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

Total (observed) arrivals – April: 1,258
Total (observed) arrivals – March: 1,765

Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - April: 183
Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - March: 234

Total occupancy of government centres – end April: 3,060
Total occupancy of government centres - end March: 3,625

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