The number of new refugees, asylumseekers and migrants present in Serbia continued dropping to 4,245 counted on 31 August. 3,903 (i.e. 93%) of them were accommodated in 18 governmental centres across the country, while smaller groups were observed in border areas or Belgrade.
On 10 August, authorities accommodated 28 men and boys, previously sleeping rough in the woods near the northern border, in Preševo Reception Centre.
Belgrade, 21-July-2017 - The Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia disposed of 18,009 pieces of firearms with EU and UNDP/SEESAC support. Destruction of small arms and light weapons reduces the risk of SALW proliferation, misuse and trafficking of firearms.
On 30 May, a new Reception Centre (RC) in Vranje (South) accommodated a first 135 refugees/migrants, all families and/or unaccompanied and separated children (UASCs), who were all voluntarily transferred from Presevo Reception Centre (RC).
On 31 May, the last 200 residents of Transit Centre (TC) Šid were moved to other centres and the Centre remained deactivated.
Belgrade, 19 June 2017 – International Organization for Migration(IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Serbia (UNHCR) presented today the Global Compact on Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees.
The number of new refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants in Serbia continued to stabilize. 7,364 were counted on 30 April. 5,985 (i.e. 81%) were accommodated in 18 governmental centres across the country, while the rest were counted squatting mainly in Belgrade City.
Based on all available information, 43% of those accommodated were children, 42% adult men, and 15% adult women; 57% originated from Afghanistan, 19% from Iraq, 13% from Pakistan, 6% from Syria and 5% from other counties.
Niš, 10-May-2017 Agricultural producers in seven municipalities of eastern Serbia recently received the final round of European Union assistance to small-scale farms hit by the floods of 2014.
Through a partnership with FAO, 600 metric tonnes livestock feed was distributed to 1 875 households in Boljevac, Knjaževac, Kladovo, Majdanpek, Negotin, Svrljig and Zaječar. This distribution marked the end to an almost three-year long EU-FAO flood relief programme.
The overall number of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants counted in Serbia averaged 7,800. An average of 6,700 (86%) of them were sheltered in 17 heated government facilities. The others were staying rough in Belgrade city centre, in the North near the Hungarian border and in the West near the border with Croatia.
The overall number of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants counted in Serbia averaged 7,700. An average of 6,600 (86%) of them were sheltered in 17 heated government facilities. The others were staying rough in Belgrade city centre or in the North near the Hungarian border.
The number of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants accomodated in asylum, reception or transit centres grew from 5,800 to over 6,400.
With the opening of another two new reception facilities – Divljana (Bela Palanka) Reception Centre in the southeast of the country on 4 January and Obrenovac Transit Centre near Belgrade on 17 January – the number of available government centres rose to 17.
Belgrade, 28 October 2016 – Marking UN Week, the UN Country Team and the Government of Serbia convened a special brief on the refugee and migration situation in Serbia. The Team of UN agencies reaffirmed its commitments to strongly promote and support additional humanitarian, developmental, budgetary, coordination and political support to allow the Government of Serbia to implement its Response Plan as well as the commitments of the recently adopted New York Declaration.
Belgrade, 08 July 2016 - UN Agencies in Serbia express their concern over a further deterioration of the situation of refugees and migrants in the North of Serbia in proximity to its border with Hungary.
Subotica, 20 June 2016 - Government, civil society, the Serbian Ombuds institution, and members of the UN family gathered today for three days of Chatham House discussions of lessons learned in securing the human rights of migrants and refugees on the Balkan Land Route.
The UN Country Team in Serbia – an estimated 47 million USD pledged for Serbia alone for 2016
Belgrade, 26-January-2015 – The UN Country Team in Serbia announced to its partners community in Serbia that the Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan has been launched in Geneva yesterday under the auspices of UNHCR and IOM. The Regional Refugees and Migrants Response Plan calls for assistance to Greece, FYR of Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia and Turkey in addressing the needs of refugees and migrants in 2016.
Šid, 11 December 2015 – Health Center in Sid today received mobile clinic donated by United Nations Population Fund, Country Office in Serbia. Keys were cordially awarded to the Director of HC Sid, Dr Krsto Kures, by Dr Vesna Knjeginjic, Assistant Minister at Ministry of Health, Dr Doina Bologa, UNFPA Country Director for Serbia, and Ms. Irena Vojačkova Sollorano, UN Resident Coordinator in Serbia.
Belgrade, 9 December 2015 – Between June and early December, the UN Country Team in Serbia has already provided support in value of USD 7.45 million worth of assistance to help the country deal with the refugee and migrant crisis, reported Michel Saint-Lot, the acting United Nations Resident Coordinator in Serbia at a briefing for international partners in Belgrade on Wednesday. More support is on the way. The UN Country team announced the launch of a Regional Response Plan in which the UN agencies seek a total of nearly 45 million USD the coming year for Serbia alone.
Belgrade, 14 September 2015 - The UN in Serbia is planning another joint fact finding mission to the Serbian-Hungarian border on Tuesday amidst rising worries about deteriorating conditions for thousands of refugees transiting Serbia every day. The Resident Coordinator of the UN, Irena Vojàčkovà-Sollorano and the head of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Serbia, Hans Friedrich Schodder are not only concerned about the closure of the Hungarian border but also of deteriorating weather conditions.
Belgrade, 17-July-2015 - Serbia FAO and the European Union will start a second round of assistance to flood-affected farms in Serbia this month, expected to reach an additional 7,000 households and six municipalities not included in the first round.
When the heaviest rains in 120 years of recorded measurements struck the Balkan Peninsula in May 2014, floods and landslides in Serbia killed 57 people and forced over thirty thousand to evacuate their homes. Damage to agriculture - livestock, crops, machinery, and infrastructure - was severe: estimated at Euro 228 million.
BRUSSELS - Accounting for disaster losses in Serbia gained considerable ground this week at a special training event focusing on how to use DESINVENTAR, a database system for recording losses from disasters, as an effective tool to support decision-making about investments on prevention measures.
The Government of the Republic of Serbia has conducted a post-disaster needs assessment after the floods and landslides that occurred at the end of May 2014. The European Union, the United Nations and the World Bank – on the basis of an inter-agency agreement subscribed in 2008 – provided financial and expert support to conduct the assessment.