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14 May 2018 description

On Thursday 17 May, EU Heads of State are meeting their counterparts from the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Kosovo) to discuss cooperation in several areas, including migration and security. Following increased arrivals of refugees and migrants to both the Western Balkans and the EU, the issue of border control has gained prominence, resulting in more investments and cooperation agreements between the EU and Western Balkan countries.

31 Dec 2017 description
report Save the Children

Key Trends

Mixed migrations flow along the Balkans route continues. More than 5,000 refugees and migrants are estimated to have arrived to the Balkans countries (other than Greece) in the last four months of 2017

19 Oct 2017 description
report Save the Children

The case study Specialised Foster Care for Unaccompanied and Separated Children in Serbia provides an overview of the project that Save the Children realised in Serbia during the refugee crisis response (2016 – 2017).

08 Jul 2017 description
report Save the Children

In December 2015, Altai Consulting was commissioned by Save the Children’s Middle East and Eurasia Regional Office to conduct a research study on the protection of children fleeing from the Syria conflict and traveling to Europe. Fieldwork was conducted over January and February 2016 and culminated in a total of 198 interviews across 19 locations in eight countries: Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Greece, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Serbia, and Croatia.

03 Apr 2017 description
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An estimated 1,300 unaccompanied child refugees and migrants are at an increased risk of exploitation, violence and trafficking due to the restrictive border policies and inadequate social protection systems across the Balkans, 12 national and international nongovernmental organisations including the International Rescue Committee and Save the Children warn in a report released today.

14 Oct 2016 description
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This briefing paper is the result of a joint effort by 12 national and international organizations operating in Greece. The aim is to explain the current situation for those stranded in Greece for over six months since the closure of the northern border and introduction of the European Union (EU) – Turkey deal.

17 Aug 2016 description
report Save the Children

The average number of refugees and migrants arriving daily in Greece is at its highest since May, causing serious congestion in the camps on the islands and putting children at risk, Save the Children said today.

Arrivals to the islands during the first 14 days of August increased by 144 per cent compared to the first 14 days of July*. The island of Chios has seen one of the largest spikes in arrivals, with the daily average jumping from eight in July to 42 in August.

27 Jun 2016 description

Joint NGO statement ahead of the European Council of 28-29 June 2016 NGOs strongly condemn new EU policies to contain migration

At the upcoming European Council, European Union (EU) leaders will discuss the European Commission’s Communication on a new Partnership Framework with third countries. The Communication proposes an approach which aims to leverage existing EU and Member States' external cooperation instruments and tools in order to stem migration to Europe.

14 Jun 2016 description
report Save the Children

Throughout May an average of 50 children travelling without a parent or guardian arrived weekly at Save the Children-supported sites in Belgrade, Serbia, with some having walked for days with little or no access to food or clean water.

Save the Children teams in Belgrade report a five-fold increase in the number of children separated from their families arriving at their facilities last month. The number of new cases identified jumped from 15 during the first week of May to 78 by the final week.

17 Mar 2016 description

Dear European Leaders:

As organisations working directly with refugees and migrants in Europe, we ask European Union Member States present at the European Council meeting of 17th and 18th March 2016 to take the opportunity to come together in solidarity and conclude bold, unified and decisive policies to address the humanitarian crisis.

16 Mar 2016 description
report Save the Children

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Fairfield, Conn. (March 15, 2015) — Save the Children worked through the night on Monday to deliver blankets and warm clothes to thousands of refugees and migrants in Greece and Macedonia who had been left stranded after attempting to leave the camp at Idomeni and cross the border.

03 Mar 2016 description

As thousands of people arrive in Europe seeking safety, authorities in Austria and the Western Balkans have started selectively closing their borders. These measures are clearly infringing international and European law that protect the right to seek asylum.

01 Oct 2015 description

A. Aim of this guidance

 The note outlines benefits, risks, options, and resources for supporting appropriate infant and young child feeding (IYCF) in children under 2 years of age in refugee and migrant transit situations in Europe.

06 Sep 1999 description
report Save the Children

At a glance

  • 19 safe areas for children are now open in Djakova, Peja and Prizren
  • 1000 calls placed per day in family contact/tracing service
  • School reconstruction has begun in Decan municipality
  • Aid is being provided to Kosovan displaced in Serbia
  • Save the Children (UK) is working in Kosovo, Montenegro and Albania, as part of a joint Save the Children Alliance operation with Redd Barna (Save the Children Norway), Radda Barnen (Save the Children Sweden) and Save the Children US.
08 Jul 1999 description
report Save the Children

At a Glance

  • SC offices now open in Pristina and Prizren with a base in Djakova Programmes winding down in Macedonia and Albania as refugees repatriate faster than expected.
  • SC preparing to sign "Memorandum of Understanding" with Serbia in order to expand programmes there.
  • Save the Children Fund UK is present in Kosovo and Albania as part of a joint Save the Children Alliance operation with Redd Barna (Save the Children Norway) and Save the Children US.
Latest Developments

The number of refugees who have returned to Kosovo numbers 618,000.

24 Jun 1999 description
report Save the Children

Save the Children has restarted its program inside Kosovo. The initial focus of the program is to help reunite families torn apart by the conflict.