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MDM-Horgos-femme-et-enfant ©Guillaume Pinon2016

Serbia

5,000

refugees on Serbian soil in 2016

5

asylum centres set up in the country

Background

The migration crisis, which peaked in 2015, has seen thousands of migrants entering and leaving Serbia, a transit country for northern European destinations. Following the official closure of the Balkans route at the beginning of 2016, migrant numbers dropped significantly, but thousands of people continue to arrive in Serbia where they wait to move on to Hungary.

The Hungarian authorities are allowing access to just thirty migrants a day. Those attempting to cross its borders illegally are met with a particularly violent response. Any migrants arrested are often beaten before being sent back to Serbia.

Any migrants arrested are often beaten before being sent back to Serbia.

As they spend more time on Serbian soil, the migrants face numerous obstacles, particularly difficulties with accessing healthcare facilities. Despite the provision of asylum and transit centres across the country, Serbian institutions are having problems coping with the large number of people in transit.

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

What we do

Migrants and displaced persons

Caring for migrants

Working in Serbia since January 2016, Doctors of the World has immediately helped improve health conditions for migrants in the Balkans region.

Our teams are providing primary healthcare in mobile clinics in Sid as well as in border areas close to Subotica and in Belgrade. Medical consultations are provided 7 days a week in rotation with other humanitarian providers. Each team is made up of a doctor, nurse, interpreter, social mediator and driver.   

The Doctors of the World team facilitates treatment of migrants and refugees by transporting and accompanying patients to Ministry of Health facilities.

510,000€
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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