Serbia: Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support

Serbia Progress Report- August 1- August 31, 2016

November 01, 2016
N’Deane Helajzen


Summary of Activities

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 – July 2015: 14 refugee status and two rejections.

RMF’s Unique Approach

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. Once RMF’s outreach team identifies a patient, an examination and assessment is made of the individual’s health condition and referral options. We then treat the patient in situ to stabilize their condition, before seeking referral papers and transferring the patient to secondary and/or tertiary care if needed. RMF’s outreach team then stays with the patient for the duration of his or her consultation and therapy to provide support with cross-cultural interpretation and translation, comfort, and reassurance. We then transport the patient back to his or her chosen location. We provide monitoring and follow-up services for our patients and receive referrals from UNHCR/DRC doctors, Palilula Health Centre doctors working within Camp Krnjača, Doctors of the World, Save the Children, Praxis organization, ADRA Serbia, and the Asylum Information Centre.


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Results &

Accomplishments

  • RMF Medical Mobile Outreach Team

    Mobile Medical Outreach Team

    Providing Holistic Care

    As RMF is the only medical service provider whose core work is to provide holistic medical care, the nature and statistical reporting of our work differs from that of other organizations. 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.

  • Vinka and Patient

    Supportive Care

    Going the Extra Mile

    Once RMF’s outreach team identifies a patient, an examination and assessment is made of the individual’s health condition and referral options. We then treat the patient in situ to stabilize their condition, before seeking referral papers and transferring the patient to secondary and/or tertiary care if needed.

    RMF’s outreach team then stays with the patient for the duration of his or her consultation and therapy to provide support with cross-cultural interpretation and translation, comfort, and reassurance. We then transport the patient back to his or her chosen location.

  • Marija with elderly patient

    Partnerships

    Friends Helping Friends Helping Friends

    We provide monitoring and follow-up services for our patients and receive referrals from UNHCR/DRC doctors, Palilula Health Centre doctors working within Camp Krnjača, Doctors of the World, Save the Children, Praxis organization, ADRA Serbia, and the Asylum Information Centre.

    UNHCR and partners collected testimonies from over 20 who reported having been pushed back into Serbia without being allowed access to procedures or protection in Hungary. RMF treated a number of these patients.

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Background

& Objectives

Background

Serbia continues to face an increasing number of asylum seekers: since the beginning of the refugee crisis, 393,069 people were registered in Serbia. Since January 2016, RMF has been responding to the refugee crisis by providing comprehensive protection and medical services to persons of concern. Our team works in and around Belgrade providing 24/7 access to needed services. Our main goal is to provide first aid and basic primary health care for refugees in Serbia. Our team also has the skills to identify and refer extremely vulnerable individuals—women, children, victims of sexual or gender based violence, victims of human trafficking, or victims of other forms of exploitation—for appropriate assistance and follow up by relevant institutions.


Objectives
  • Provide comprehensive protection and assistance response
  • Provide material assistance and information
  • Provide psychosocial support
  • Provide translation and cultural mediation services
  • Support existing medical institutions with capacity and mobility
  • Establish an information dissemination hotline
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Numbers

Served

During this reporting period, RMF Serbia treated 1,156 patients — an average of 37 patients per day.

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