Refugee crisis: 900,000 refugees have transited through Serbia

The Serbian Refugee and Migration Commissariat announced on the International Migrants Day (18th December) that more that 5,500 migrants were housed in the reception centers in Serbia, while more than 900,000 had passed through the country since the beginning of the migrant crisis.

On 17th December, the Commissariat said there was “no end in sight” to the migrant crisis, with the migration route being only temporarily closed, and that now Europe seemed to be even farther from a concerted response compared to when the crisis began.

“Serbia is investing a lot of effort into looking after the migrants while they are staying on its territory, while, at the same, time taking care of the security and interests of its citizens,” a press release reads.

The Commissariat anticipates next year “with great concern” as the funds that have been provided are insufficient to cover the migrants’ basic needs.

“We hope that the international community will be understanding and supportive of Serbia in its efforts to provide the migrants with everything that they are entitled to according to international standards,” the Commissariat said in the statement, recalling that migrants staying in the country did not wish to remain here, which made the situation additionally difficult.

(Beta, 18.12.2016)

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