Belgrade: Migrants transferred to reception centres

Around 250 migrants have agreed to be relocated from the rundown barracks close to the central bus station in Belgrade to reception centres in Obrenovac and Krnjaca, and other parts of Serbia.

Ministers Nebojsa Stefanovic, Aleksandar Vulin and Zoran Djordjevic, and Belgrade Mayor, Sinisa Mali visited the migrants today. On the occasion, Minister Vulin said that, following an initiative from the Serbian Prime Minister, the government had stepped up the efforts to try to talk the remaining migrants into agreeing to be transferred to better accommodation.

The migrants, who were staying in cold, rundown shacks close to the bus station, have accepted the government’s offer to be transferred to reception centres. “All of these migrants have been offered a chance to be relocated to reception centres where there is enough room for all of them. We have offered a place to each and every one of them, and we are going to continue doing that”, Minister Vulin said.

He also mentioned that several migrants in Greece and Bulgaria had died from cold, adding there were no reported death cases in Serbia. “We are going to do our utmost to keep it that way”, Vulin said.

“We have been urging the migrants to allow us to transfer them to the accommodation that offers normal living conditions, to take care of them. We had an opportunity to see that some of them tried to paint a picture that they were abandoned by everyone and that it was the Serbian authorities that put them in these barracks. We are going to continue being good hosts and, following an initiative by the Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic, we want to move every single migrant from the streets because no person should be living in the street in this cold weather”, the Interior Minister, Nebojsa Stefanovic was quoted as saying.

The head of the UNHCR office in Serbia, Hans Friedrich Schodder said for Tanjug newswire that the government had been offering to the migrants and refugees transportation to better accommodation for two days now.

(Blic, 17.01.2017)

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