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15 Jan 2019 description
  • Total (observed) arrivals – December: 1,171
  • Total (observed) arrivals - November: 1,275
  • Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - December: 169
  • Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - November: 178
  • Total occupancy of government centres – end December: 4,205
  • Total occupancy of government centres - end November: 3,891
  • Total presence of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers – end December: 4,468
  • Total presence of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers – end November: 4,165
03 Jan 2019 description
  • 4,468 refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants were present in Serbia on 30 December – an increase from 4,346 two weeks ago. Of them, 4,205 (i.e. 94%) were accommodated in 16 governmental Reception/Transit (RTC) or Asylum Centres (AC). Additionally, over 260 mainly male refugees/migrants were observed outside centres: 100 in Belgrade City, some 150 camping close to borders with Croatia or Hungary and a handful in/near Loznica at the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina.
24 Dec 2018 description
report Save the Children

Despite a significant drop in refugee and migrant arrivals, children still face excessive police violence at the EU's borders, and find it increasingly hard to access asylum or reunite with their parents.

Refugee and migrant arrivals in Europe have tested the ability of countries to manage migration flows while ensuring the full respect of fundamental rights and international obligations. While challenges with rescue operations during dangerous sea arrivals are well known, the attitude and behaviour of border guards at the land borders is not as well documented.

20 Dec 2018 description

The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) delegation that flew to Kosovo last month in an effort to enhance cooperation visited Bosnia Herzegovina with the same purpose this month. The delegation had meetings with Deputy Security Minister of Bosnia Herzegovina State as well as Serbian Entity Civil Security Administration and Bosnia Herzegovina Entity officials.

14 Dec 2018 description

SOS computer centres offer refugees in Serbia the opportunity to learn, develop their skills and connect to their families

On a recent day at the Obrenovac refugee centre, Zalmai* was queuing up to use one of the computers provided by SOS Children’s Villages.

07 Dec 2018 description
  • Total (observed) arrivals – November: 1,275
  • Total (observed) arrivals - October: 2,636
  • Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - November: 178
  • Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - October: 240
  • Total occupancy of government centres – end November: 3,891
  • Total occupancy of government centres - end October: 3,485
  • Total presence of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers – end November: 4,165
  • Total presence of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers – end October: 3,919
04 Dec 2018 description

More educational support is needed for refugee children who are separated from their families, says Vesna Mraković-Jokanović, National Director of SOS Children's Villages Serbia. 

Since launching its emergency response for refugees at the height of the 2015 migration crisis, SOS Children’s Villages Serbia has helped 125,000 children, young people and parents.

25 Nov 2018 description
  • On 14 November, a young man from Syria died in the hospital in Belgrade despite receiving all possible treatment, as reportedly he had not been able to properly treat an injury sustained on the way to Serbia, resulting in major complications. This is yet another example illustrating the dangers of the current situation of mixed movements of people.
14 Nov 2018 description
  • Another tragic accident illustrated the dangers of the current situation of mixed movements of people: On 11 November the police near Loznica found a body of a man suspected to have drowned in the Drina River. While the investigation is ongoing, local media reported that some ten days ago, when a group of refugees/migrants tried to cross the river into Bosnia, two young men from Iran disappeared. It is suspected that the body now found may belong to one of them.

13 Nov 2018 description

UNHCR SERBIA PRIORITIES:

  • Support the Government of Serbia (GoS) in strengthening its asylum system in line with applicable international standards

  • Ensure that the humanitarian and protection needs of Persons with Specific Needs (PSN), are promptly identified and addressed

  • Support the GoS in securing solutions for refugees and internally displaced persons and preventing and reducing statelessness.

Working with Partners

13 Nov 2018 description

Total (observed) arrivals – October: 2,636
Total (observed) arrivals - September: 2,540

Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - October: 240
Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - September: 409

Total occupancy of government centres – end October: 3,485
Total occupancy of government centres - end September: 3,411

Total presence of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers – end October: 3,919
Total presence of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers – end September: 3,905

06 Nov 2018 description

Belgrade, 02 November 2018 – Serbia has made excellent progress in the prevention and reduction of statelessness. Should it decide to enact a few outstanding strategic measures stipulated in the Global Action Plan for Eradication of Statelessness, the Republic of Serbia could eliminate statelessness completely within a couple of years, concluded a UNHCR-organised conference today.

01 Nov 2018 description
  • 3,919 new refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants were counted in Serbia on 28 October, a slight increase from 3,825 counted two weeks ago. 3,485 (i.e. 89%) of them were accommodated in 15 governmental Reception/Transit (RTC) or Asylum Centres (AC). Also, close to 450 mainly male refugees/migrants were observed outside centres: 200 in Belgrade City, some 160 camping close to borders with Croatia or Hungary and up to 70 in Loznica, close to the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

25 Oct 2018 description

Introduction

The recent migration crisis has posed severe challenges for Europe, having an enormous impact on all asylum seekers and related policies. Although only one percent of requests submitted so far in the EU countries have been considered admissible, citizens of the Republic of Serbia continue to apply for asylum in big numbers1. What is more, many of the asylum applications are unfounded and their increase threatens to jeopardize the EU visa-free regime for Serbian citizens, which was granted to Serbia in 2009.

15 Oct 2018 description
  • The number of new refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants in Serbia on 14 October was 3,825, compared to 3,905 counted two weeks ago. Of those, 3,338 (i.e. 87%) were accommodated in 15 governmental Reception/Transit (RTC) or Asylum Centres. Also, close to 500 mainly male refugees/migrants were observed outside the centres: 200 in Belgrade City, another 200 camping close to borders with Croatia or Hungary and up to 80 in Loznica, close to the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

12 Oct 2018 description

KEY INDICATORS

2,505 Registered intentions to seek asylum in Serbia

28% of registered refugees and migrants were minors

102 Applications for asylum

2 Persons granted refugee status

5 Persons granted subsidiary protection