HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS
The overall number of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants counted in Serbia stood around 7,650. 6,577 (86%) of them were sheltered in 17 government facilities. The rest were sleeping rough in Belgrade city centre or the North.
On 27 February, MFA, MOLESVA, and the UN invited to a 15th Partners Briefing on the Refugee and Migration Response, attended by over 80 members of the diplomatic and donor community, civil society, international organizations and others. UNHCR analyzed recent developments and UN support to Serbia addressing the current and foreseen situation. UNICEF focused on particular challenges and opportunities in education and the protection of unaccompanied sand separated refugee/migrant children in Serbia.
On the same day, UNHCR’s Bureau for Europe released “Desperate Journeys”, a Report on Refugees and Migrants entering and crossing Europe via the Mediterranean and Western Balkans routes (link).
In February, 502 intentions to seek asylum in Serbia were registered: 43% by men, 14% by women and 43% for children. Applications were filed by citizens of Afghanistan (40%), Iraq (21%), Syria (16%), Pakistan (8%), or other countries (15%). No substantive first-instance decisions were issued.
On 28 February, on a first visit to the Reception Centre (RC) of Preševo, the Asylum Office of the Border Guards interviewed 20 asylum-seekers.