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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.

06 Aug 2018 description

Total (observed) arrivals – July: 1, 984
Total (observed) arrivals - June: 1, 998
Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - July: 156
Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - June: 96
Total occupancy of government centres – end July: 3,150
Total occupancy of government centres - end June: 2,700
Total presence of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers – end July: 3,600
Total presence of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers – end June: 3,000

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 Mar 2018 description

By Ivan Miskovic

When Fahim Mudei (22) left his hometown of Mogadishu in Somalia less than three years ago, he could not have imagined that his journey would eventually take him to Serbia and that this is where he would wish to finally settle. At the time, all he wished for was to save himself from the death threats he was receiving from al-Shabab, a militant organization intent on toppling the Somali government. He succeeded in saving himself, but his mother and brother paid the ultimate price.

Both were killed in terrorist attacks.

23 Jan 2017 description
report ACT Alliance

Details of Response

Emergency: Winterization support to refugees/migrants in Serbia

Date of Emergency: 17 January 2017

ACT Requesting Member(s): EHO – Ecumenical Humanitarian Organisation Novi Sad Philanthropy, Charitable Foundation of the Serbian Orthodox Church

I. NARRATIVE SUMMARY

DETAILS OF THE EMERGENCY

17 Jan 2017 description
report ACT Alliance

Geneva, 17 January 2017

1. Brief description of the emergency and impact

23 Apr 2016 description

STATISTICS AND HIGHLIGHTS

  • The total occupancy in the government facilities fell to 195, including 51 refugees/migrants remaining in the two transit sites in the West and 66 in the Presevo Reception Centre.

  • Some 330 asylum-seekers waited and 62 accessed Hungarian “transit zones”. Concerns about asylum-seekers lack of access to sanitary facilities was heightened with the announcement of new restrictions to humanitarian access.

21 Apr 2016 description

STATISTICS AND HIGHLIGHTS

  • The number of refugees and migrants in Belgrade and the border with Hungary continued to increase to over 700, while less than 230 remained in governmental accommodation.

  • 400 were sighted Belgrade and over 360 assisted at the Serbia-Hungary border. 68 asylum seekers departed by accessing “transit zones”. UNHCR and partners distributed food and non-food aid. Lack of access to sanitary facilities in both location continued to be of concern.

20 Apr 2016 description

STATISTICS AND HIGHLIGHTS

  • For the first time since last summer, the estimate total number of refugees and migrants accommodated in governmental sites in Serbia, camping in Belgrade at the Hungarian border or elsewhere, dropped below one thousand. Most now lack any registration or legal status in Serbia.

  • The number of refugees accommodated at Asylum Centres and transit sites fell to 251, with less than 50 in the two transit sites in the West and 115 in the Reception Centre in Presevo.

20 Apr 2016 description

STATISTICS AND HIGHLIGHTS

  • UNHCR and partners learned of 34 irregular arrivals from fYR Macedonia

  • 57 persons expressed intent to seek asylum, bringing the total in April 2016 to 293 and for the whole of 2016 to 2,234 (statistics courtesy of the Ministry of Interior).

  • Around 60 asylum seekers departed by accessing procedures in Hungarian “transit zones”.

15 Apr 2016 description

STATISTICS AND HIGHLIGHTS

  • UNHCR and partners learned of three irregular arrivals from Bulgaria.

  • 20 persons expressed intent to seek asylum, bringing the total in April 2016 to 236 and for the whole of 2016 to 2,177 (statistics courtesy of the Ministry of Interior).

  • Over 60 asylum seekers departed by accessing procedures in Hungarian “transit zones”.

  • Occupancy in the three transit sites in the West dropped to 100 refugees total and in the Reception Centre in Presevo possibly to below 400.

31 Mar 2016 description

STATISTICS AND HIGHLIGHTS

  • In a tragic event an Afghan man died in a hit and run accident on the Nis-Belgrade highway late Monday night. Reportedly he was traveling with other six individuals near a poorly lit area near the highway. The police is investigating the case.

  • UNHCR is aware of 37 irregular arrivals from fYR Macedonia

  • Estimate of refugees/migrants currently in Serbia: 1,700

30 Mar 2016 description

STATISTICS AND HIGHLIGHTS

  • Small numbers of irregular arrivals were noted during the reporting period. UNHCR got to know about 117 entries, of which 58 from fYR Macedonia and 59 from Bulgaria.

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

  • 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

04 Jan 2016 description

STATISTICS

  • 12,183 refugees and migrants arrived: 11,875 from fYRo Macedonia and 308 from Bulgaria.
  • 11,365 asylum seekers departed to Croatia.
  • Official statistics on registration are not available.
04 Dec 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

Refugees and migrants arrived at average pace, including an increase in those arriving via Bulgaria. UNHCR and partners protected and assisted asylum-seekers 24 hours without major problems at all sites.

• 4,040 refugees and migrants arrived: 3,562 from fYRo Macedonia and 478 from Bulgaria.

• 1,982 asylum seekers departed to Croatia.

• 3,754 asylum seekers were registered on 02 December, bringing the total of asylum-requests during 2015 to 492,149.