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Migrants Serbiet ©Olivier Papegnies 2017

Serbia

6 300

refugees in Serbian territory in 2016

5

asylum centres established in the country

Background

The migrant crisis, which reached its height in 2015, saw thousands of migrants entering and leaving Serbia, a country of transit en route to northern Europe. After the official closure of the Balkan route at the beginning of 2016, there was a significant reduction in the numbers, falling from 579,518 people in 2015 to 98,975 people currently in Serbia, waiting to get into Hungary.

But the Hungarian authorities only allow access to around 30 migrants a day. And there is particularly violent repression against those who attempt to cross the border illegally. Migrants who are arrested are often beaten before being sent back to Serbia.

Repression against migrants who attempt to cross the border illegally is particularly violent.

While spending more time on Serbian territory, the migrants face many obstacles, particularly with regard to access to healthcare facilities. Despite a system of asylum and transit centres throughout the country, the Serbian institutions struggle to cope with the large number of people in transit.  

Migrants waiting for food, in Belgrade ©Guillaume Pinon
Migrants waiting for food, in Belgrade ©Guillaume Pinon

Activities

Migrants and displaced people

Caring for migrants

Doctors of the World has been present in Serbia since January 2016 and contributes to the immediate improvement in the health conditions of migrants in the Balkan region.

Our teams provide primary healthcare in mobile clinics in Sid, in the border areas near to Subotica and in Belgrade. Medical consultations are provided 7 days a week, in rotation with other humanitarian agencies. Each team is made up of a doctor, a nurse, an interpreter, a psychologist and a driver.  

Doctors of the World is also taking part in the establishment of a suitable referencing system aimed at  ensuring support and follow up of people who need protection.

Doctors of the World is also taking part in the establishment of a suitable referencing system aimed at  ensuring support and follow up of people who need protection.

Belgrade
Belgrade

In 2016

We helped :

  • 18,000 migrants and refugees

More and more women are traveling alone with their children © Guillaume Pinon
More and more women are traveling alone with their children © Guillaume Pinon

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