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Serbia: Inter-Agency Operational Update (December 2017)



Registered intentions to seek asylum in Serbia

of registered refugees and migrants were minors

Applications for asylum

Persons granted refugee status

Persons granted subsidiary protection

  • Authorities and humanitarian partners provided New Year’s parcels for children accommodated in governmental centres, with participation from the local community and the private sector, and organized activities, New Year’s parties and plays for children.

  • With support from the Serbian Commissariat for Refugees and Migration (SCRM) and partners, refugee women from Adaševci Transit Centre (TC) displayed handcrafts from their sewing/knitting workshop at New Year’s and Christmas fairs in Belgrade.

  • On 25 December, authorities - notwithstanding interventions by UNHCR and UN Committee Against Torture – extradited an asylum-seeker to his country of origin before completion of the asylum procedure.

  • On 26-27 December, 150-170 refugees and migrants staged a peaceful protest in the area of Sid on the Western border with Croatia. The protest aimed at putting pressure on Croatian authorities to allow access to their territory.

  • The number of encountered new arrivals decreased to 364 in December (as compared to 643 in November). 60% were adult men, 13% adult women and 27% children, incl. 58 unaccompanied or separated children. 26% came from Iran, 21% from Afghanistan, 17% from Pakistan, 14% from Iraq, 12% from Syria and 10% from other countries. 38% arrived to Serbia from Bulgaria, 39% from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and 23% from other countries.

  • The number of testimonies of collective expulsions into Serbia also decreased slightly - to 793 in December (as compared to 929 in November). 384 were from Croatia, 267 from Romania and 142 from Hungary, with many alleging to have been denied due access to asylum procedures and some to have been maltreated.