This Operations Update no. 4 reports on the latest activities carried out by the Red Cross of the former Republic of Macedonia since the publication of the last operations update on 1 December 2016. It also informs about the extension of the operation's timeframe by one month, therefore the Emergency Appeal is ending on 31 January 2017.
According to IOM, as of 30 November 2016, there were 157 people accommodated in the two reception centres in Tabanovce and Gevgelija. As these migrants are expected to remain in the country, the Red Cross of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia would like to continue providing essential services in order to further contribute to the well-being of the migrants in the coming months. Therefore, the National Society is seeking for a 1-month no-cost timeframe extension of the Emergency Appeal.
Currently, the stranded migrants are accommodated in two reception centres, which are managed by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy with the support of the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Health, the Army and different state utility companies.
The Red Cross of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is responsible for the provision of humanitarian assistance, First Aid support, Restoring Family Links (RFL) and provision of food items for the migrants.
As of 15 December 2016, there is a total number of 198 migrants accommodated in two reception centres, 61 in Tabanovce and 137 in Gevgelija. In addition to them, 69 migrants are sheltered at the centre for asylum seekers in Vizbegovo (Skopje) also managed by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. In the detention centre in Gazi Baba in Skopje, managed by the Ministry of Interior, there are 50 migrants as an average on a daily basis.