Trends and Key Figures
19 OCTOBER 2017
Belgrade (ICRC) – In the first visit to Serbia by high-level officials from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) since 2001, ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord voiced concern about the slowdown in the process of ascertaining the fate of missing persons and stressed the pressing need to provide their families with answers. He met with Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić, Prime Minister Ana Brnabić and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dačić.
Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017
After almost two decades of silence and stigma, Kosovo  women survivors of sexual violence during the armed conflict of 1998 – 1999 will soon get legal recognition and reparations, including financial assistance.
The case study Specialised Foster Care for Unaccompanied and Separated Children in Serbia provides an overview of the project that Save the Children realised in Serbia during the refugee crisis response (2016 – 2017).
VIENNA, 18 October 2017 – The role of security forces in supporting national governments in managing migration crises was the focus of the today’s joint meeting of the Forum for Security Co-operation under Serbia’s Chairmanship and the Permanent Council in Vienna.
Between January and September 2017, close to 140,000 refugees and migrants arrived on European shores. Although two-thirds of them came through the Central Mediterranean Route, the Eastern Mediterranean Route has recorded a recent spike in sea crossings to Greece (including 4,239 children in three months) coupled with new arrivals through the Western Mediterranean Route and the Black Sea.
Total (observed) arrivals – September: 654
Total (observed) arrivals - August: 351
Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - September: 26
Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - August: 39
Total occupancy of government centres – end September: 3,900
Total occupancy of government centres - end August: 3,900
HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS
On 15 October, 4,275 new refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants were counted in Serbia, of which 3,855 were housed in 18 governmental centres (below chart as well as our Joint Assessment of Government Centres refer).
On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.
2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.
A failure to communicate
Communication is a fundamental component of effective humanitarian response. Yet humanitarian organisations and policy makers are responding to complex crises without adequate information on:
- which languages affected populations speak;
- how well they understand the languages used by responders; and
- which formats and channels will be most effective for communicating complex information.
The arrival of more than one million refugees and other migrants to Europe in 2015 prompted the UN high level summit on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants in September 2016. With many of those arriving in Europe originating from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, the Middle East – as a region of origin and transit – holds experiences critical to ensuring the successful adoption and implementation of both the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) and the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR).
Twenty-four suspected people smugglers were arrested during an international operation coordinated by Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, along with Austria and Germany.
Highlights and Statistics
- UNHCR and partners observed a continued rise of new arrivals, when they assisted 272 new asylum-seekers (compared to 188 last week), mostly Yasidi or Kurdish families from Iraq (below chart refers).
- On 08 October, 4,361 new refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants were counted in Serbia, of which 3,888 were housed in 18 governmental centres (please see also the Joint Assessment of Government Centres).
The European Commission has today announced an additional €4 million in humanitarian aid for Serbia to assist the thousands of refugees and asylum-seekers in the country.
Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme
A. Situational analysis including new developments
HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS
■ In yet another tragic incident, on 26 September, in a village near Kikinda, the police found the body of a young foreign man. It appears as if he planned to irregularly cross into Romania but died from a heart attack.
■ UNHCR and partners continued supporting authorities in protection monitoring, identification and addressing of specific needs, referrals, interpretation, non-food aid, information and counselling, sometimes 24/7 at 23 sites around the country.