In September the MOI registered 51,048 asylum-seekers as compared to 37,195 in August. The percentage of claimants from refugee-producing countries increased from 94 to 96%. While the share of Syrian applicants shrunk from 74% to 62% that of Afghans increased from 12 to 22%. Asylum seekers from Pakistan or Bangladesh shrunk from over 4 to under 3%. The overall age and gender composition remained generally unchanged.
The number of refugee arrivals from fYR Macedonia averaged 4,300/day in the reporting period. Registration capacities were stepped up to around 6,000 persons/day in Preševo and 500/day elsewhere. As at 12 October, 213,929 intentions to seek asylum were registered in 2015.
Numbers of refugees observed in Belgrade and in the area close to the border with Hungary at any time further reduced to around 100 in Belgrade and 15-20 in the Subotica-Horgosz-Kanjiža area at the end of the reporting period.
Government of Serbia identified a building in Bujanovac which is to serve as an additional, smaller registration centre, at times when the pressure on Preševo One Stop Centre is high. The building is in good condition, but requires refurbishment and equipment.