UNHCR Serbia Update, 02 - 15 April 2018
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.
3,722 new refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants were counted in Serbia on 15 April. 3,280 (i.e. 88%) were accommodated in 18 governmental centres (below chart refers), while over 450 were observed sleeping rough: around 180 in Belgrade City, and some 250 close to the borders to Croatia or Hungary, using the milder weather to prepare leaving Serbia irregularly, mainly to Croatia or Bosnia and Herzegovina.
UNHCR and partners assisted 132 new arrivals (compared to 186 the preceding two weeks). 51% arrived via fYRo Macedonia, 34% crossed in through Bulgaria and 19% arrived by air. 33% were Pakistani nationals, 25% were from Afghanistan, 16% from Iraq, 14% from Iran, only 5% from Syria and 8% were of other nationalities. 59% were men, 9% women and 32% children, including 19 unaccompanied and separated children.
Hungary admitted 13 asylum-seekers into procedures in its so-called “transit-zones” (compared to 14 during the preceding two weeks).
UNHCR and partners received increased reports of collective expulsions, including of 167 asylum-seekers from Croatia (compared to 109 the preceding two weeks), 156 from Hungary (compared to 46 the preceding two weeks) and 12 from Romania (compared to 5 the preceding two weeks), while 13 persons reported to have been pushed-back from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Responding to an appeal by the Red Cross of Serbia UNHCR assisted 63 local families affected by floods in Prokuplje in Southern Serbia with clothes, shoes and blankets. Upon request of the Serbian Commissariat for Refugees and Migration (SCRM), UNHCR delivered over 11,200 non-food items, including clothes, to refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers in all governmental centres.