Recent Reports

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Serbia

Outreach Mobile Medical Team Operating 24 Hours, 7 Days a Week: Q1 2017

June 18, 2017 - 

RMF Serbia’s team continued to provide holistic medical care and support to persons of concern:

  • RMF’s mobile medical clinic arrived from Germany and was released by Serbian customs in February 2017. After a period of preparation, which involved the development of protocols and fully stocking medical supplies within the clinic, we commenced operations in the mobile medical clinic in March 2017. The mobile clinic helped strengthen our response to the acute emergencies in the area of “the Barracks” behind the main Belgrade bus station, providing a climate-controlled (safer in winter months), versatile space from which our frontline medical workers...
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1,026 Patients Treated Despite Continued Challenges: December 2016

May 13, 2017 - 

During the December reporting period, RMF Serbia treated 1,026 patients—an average of 33 patients per day. Approximately 600 referrals were made to MSF/Miksalište for the treatment of body lice and scabies. A high number of refugees in the Belgrade city center are considered extremely vulnerable individuals, many with pressing medical needs that go beyond performing basic triage in the field.

RMF Serbia also worked to maintain and build partnerships through the following activities:

  • Participated in the Health Working Group, co-chaired by WHO and the Ministry of Health (MOH), on December 15th, 2016.
  • Participated in the Refugee...
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Holistic Medical Care Provided to 1,161 Patients: November 2016

March 31, 2017 - 

During the November reporting period, RMF Serbia treated 1,161 patients—an average of 39 patients per day. Approximately 800 referrals were made to MSF/Miksalište for the treatment of body lice and scabies. A high number of refugees in the Belgrade city center are considered extremely vulnerable individuals, many with pressing medical needs that go beyond performing basic triage in the field.

RMF is the only medical service provider whose core work is to provide holistic medical care, which involves transportation, escorting, and cultural mediation services. Once RMF’s outreach team identifies a patient, an examination and assessment is...

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Developing Partnerships to Address the Needs of Refugees: September 2016

January 19, 2017 - 

With continued irregular arrivals and limited departures, the estimated number of refugees/ migrants/asylum seekers in Serbia rose to 5,700. UNHCR reports that the number of arrivals remains at around 200 refugees/migrants per day. Of those entering Serbia, around 54% came from Bulgaria, 33% from FYR Macedonia, 10% from Albania, 0.4% from Montenegro, and 2.6% from unknown locations. Hungarian authorities continued to admit around 20 asylum seekers through the transit zones in Horgoš and Kelebija on the northern border.

By the end of September, the number of people present daily in Belgrade parks rose to 1,000, while the...

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Serbia Progress Report- August 1- August 31, 2016

November 01, 2016 - 

By August 31st, 2016, the number of new refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants in Serbia rose to nearly 4,700. 80% were accommodated in governmental facilities, including 1,432 in the five Asylum Centres and 2,368 in Refugee Aid Points/Reception Centres.

195 persons expressed their intent to seek asylum in Serbia, bringing the total for August to 1,935 and for the whole year to 8,071. January – July 2016, the Asylum Office of the border guards issued 50 first instance decisions, which granted subsidiary protection to 16 applicants and refugee status to ten, while rejecting 24 (compared to 16 decisions January...

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Serbia Progress Report - July 1 - July 31, 2016

October 07, 2016 - 

Situation Assessment

Asylum: A Basic Human Right

Seeking asylum is a basic human right, and according to international law, an asylum seeker should be granted access to the territory of the country where asylum is sought. In an alarming development, as of July 2nd, rumors have spread that the border to Hungary will completely close soon. These rumors are likely related to the new Hungarian law legitimizing pushbacks to Serbia, which will take effect on July 5th. As a result, hundreds of refugees and migrants have left and continue to leave Belgrade and other locations to quickly reach the north...

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Serbia Progress Report - May 13 - June 30, 2016

August 19, 2016 - 

Throughout the reporting period, around 1,200 refugees remain in Belgrade, putting local aid efforts under heavy strain. The asylum center at Krnjača is filled to capacity; as a result, the number of refugees who sleep outside every night is increasing, averaging around 150–200 per night. As the numbers of refugees and migrants increase in Belgrade parks, so to do the tensions and stress about admission priorities in the north and aid provisions.
 
Increased restrictive measures that ignore proper asylum procedures encourage refugees and asylum seekers to pursue more dangerous, irregular routes into Europe, exposing them to ruthless smugglers. Unaccompanied...

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Serbia Progress Report - April 4-May 18, 2016

July 22, 2016 - 

In rainy weather, daily some 260 asylum seekers, including many women and children, waited to be admitted to the two “transit zones” near the Kelebija and Horgos I border crossings. Sanitary conditions remain of grave concern. There are no toilets or facilities to take a shower. Requests to place chemical toilets are pending approval from authorities. We were told this would not be approved as neither the Hungarian nor Serbian governments wish for people to stay in no-man’s land; they “do not want another Idomeni on this border.” 15 families with children are allowed to enter Hungary each day, but...

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Serbia Progress Report - April 28th-May12th

May 18, 2016 - 

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that they (together with partners) assisted between 260 and 380 refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants per day in Belgrade.

  • May 3-4, there were 75 irregular arrivals: 34 from fYR Macedonia and 41 from Bulgaria.
  • May 9-11, there were 294 irregular arrivals: 232 from fYR Macedonia and 62 from Bulgaria.
  • The actual statistics are thought to be much higher.
    From the beginning of April to now, the numbers of refugees accessing Hungary have increased exponentially from 60 to an estimated 600 asylum seekers waiting at the border crossings with Hungary.
  • 178 persons...
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Serbia Progress Report - March 28 - April 3, 2016

April 14, 2016 - 
  • In March, 699 refugees expressed intent to seek asylum in Serbia.
  • Belgrade is increasingly receiving more refugees and playing host to people smugglers as new pathways into Hungary are found.
  • It was predicted that a new route would open up from Turkey to Italy however at a cost of 4000 euros per person it is unlikely that the path will shift from the Western Balkans route.
  • The statistics being reported by UNHCR are completely different to our experience in the field. Many refugees are entering Serbia in very poor medical condition after walking through Albania and Montenegro to Serbia.
  • Last...
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