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26 Jun 2018 description
  • World Refugee Day paid respect to all forcefully displaced persons in Serbia. Refugees shared their stories at a “Live books” event of the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation. Refugee and local school children, UNHCR, SCRM and local authorities planted tress at a primary and a secondary school in Presevo, while UNHCR partner Indigo planted roses in the Reception Centre. UNHCR partner Psycho-Social Innovation Network drew attention to the local integration potential of refugees at a Humanitarian Artwork Auction.

12 Jun 2018 description
  • UNHCR and partners noted an increase in the number newly arriving refugees, asylumseekers and migrants to Serbia. During the last two weeks we encountered and assisted 697, three times the number (230) during the preceding two weeks. 73% arrived irregularly from fYR Macedonia (up from 55% two weeks ago), 11% from Bulgaria (up from 4%), and only 6% by air (down from 31%). 69% were adult men, 9% adult women and 22% children. Most originated from Pakistan (39%), Iraq (22%), or Afghanistan (20%), few from Iran (9%) or Syria (3%).

11 Jun 2018 description

Total (observed) arrivals – May: 783
Total (observed) arrivals - April: 349

Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - May: 90
Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - April: 50

Total occupancy of government centres – end May: 2,600
Total occupancy of government centres - end April: 3,200

Total presence of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers – end May: 3,000
Total presence of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers – end April: 3,500

29 May 2018 description

UNHCR SERBIA UPDATE

  • UNHCR and partners continue to note an increase in new arrivals when assisting 253 (compared to 230 during the preceding two weeks – below chart refers). Arrivals from fYR Macedonia remained at the same level (55%), as did those by air (31%), while fewer arrived from Bulgaria (4%). Men continued to constitute majority with 62%, while 9% were women and 29% children. Nationals of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran constituted relatively equal number of new arrivals.

14 May 2018 description

UNHCR SERBIA UPDATE

  • 3,199 new refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants were counted in Serbia on 13 May. 2,795 (i.e. 87%) were accommodated in 18 governmental centres. Around 400 were still observed outside of centres: around 200 in Belgrade City and some 200 camping close to borders with Croatia or Hungary.

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

07 May 2018 description

Total (observed) arrivals – April: 349
Total (observed) arrivals - March: 389

Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - April: 50
Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - March: 36

Total occupancy of government centres – end April: 3,200
Total occupancy of government centres - end March: 3,500

Total presence of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers – end April: 3,500
Total presence of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers – end March: 3,900

02 May 2018 description
  • 3,498 new refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants were counted in Serbia on 29 April. 3,194 (i.e. 91%) were accommodated in 18 governmental centres. After 23 April, when authorities transfered 110 men and boys that had been sleeping rough in the North-West to Presevo Reception Centre, around 300 were still observed outside of centres: around 200 in Belgrade City and some 100 camping close to borders with Croatia or Hungary.

17 Apr 2018 description
  • 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.

16 Apr 2018 description

Total (observed) arrivals – March: 389
Total (observed) arrivals - February: 260

Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - March: 36
Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - February: 27

Total occupancy of government centres – end March: 3,500
Total occupancy of government centres - end February: 3,800

Total presence of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers – end March: 3,900
Total presence of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers – end February: 4,100

11 Apr 2018 description
report Tufts University

Marina Lažetić and Teodora Jovanović

Introduction

09 Apr 2018 description
  • 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.

07 Mar 2018 description
report World Bank

Zahra is a mother of three from Afghanistan, searching for a new life in Europe. In early 2016, she set out with her two daughters – aged 17 and 14 – and four year-old son on a courageous journey to Europe, one that she describes as the ‘most horrible experience’ of her life. Following a trek through Turkey, a ride on an inflatable raft to Greece, and a long walk through the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Zahra now finds herself in Serbia.

06 Mar 2018 description
  • 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.

05 Mar 2018 description

Total (observed) arrivals – February: 254
Total (observed) arrivals - January: 300

Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - February: 27
Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - January: 37

Total occupancy of government centres – end February: 3,800
Total occupancy of government centres - end January: 3,900

Total presence of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers – end February: 4,100
Total presence of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers – end January: 4,100

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.

06 Feb 2018 description
  • The overall number of new refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants remained stable with 4,081 counted in Serbia on 04 February. 95% (or 3,856) were accommodated in 18 governmental centres Of them, 46% originate from Afghanistan, 21% from Pakistan, 12% from Iran, 10% from Iraq, 2% from Syria and 9% from other nationalities, while 55% are men, 15% women and 30% children. The below chart and the January Update of our Joint Assessment of Government Centres refer for more information.

05 Feb 2018 description

Total (observed) arrivals – January: 282
Total (observed) arrivals - December: 364
Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - January: 37
Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - December: 58
Total occupancy of government centres – end January: 3,900
Total occupancy of government centres - end December: 4,100
Total presence of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers – end January: 4,100
Total presence of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers – end December: 4,300