Summary of Key Trends
In July 2021, 2,994 persons in mixed movements arrived in the region, which is almost equal to the previous month (2,985). The total cumulative number (16,416) of new arrivals in 2021 is lower to the trends observed in 2020 (28,203) and 2019 (25,162) for the same period.
Furthermore, 167 asylum applications were filed in July compared to 113 in June representing an increase of 47.7%. Since January 2021, only 5 % of the 12,438 persons who expressed intentions to seek asylum have lodged asylum claims.
In July, nine positives first-instance decisions were taken (seven refugee status and two complementary form of protection). Since the beginning of the year, 91 applications were rejected, and 1,916 asylum applications were closed after the applicants absconded the asylum procedure.
In July the authorities in the Western Balkans region conducted 32 interviews out of which 34.7% were conducted in Serbia, 25% in Kosovo*, and 21.8% in Montenegro. The number of interviews conducted in July 2021 is higher than in June 2020 (23 interviews).
At the end of July 2021, 541 decisions were still pending which is half compared to the situation in 2020.
In 2021, 20% (133) of all applications have been submitted by women and 23% (152) by children, including 28 unaccompanied and separated children (UASC).