The European Union (EU) is the largest donor in the Republic of Serbia in migration management. Since 2015, with the increased mixed migration flows to the territory of Serbia, the EU has assisted Serbia with more than EUR130 million in providing humanitarian aid and protection to migrants, in particular protection of children, providing conditions for reception and care in the reception and asylum centers, including food, health care and education, providing assistance to the local communities/municipalities hosting migrants to strengthen social cohesion, assisting Serbia in the protection of the state border and combating smuggling of migrants, as well as capacity building of the institutions dealing with migration management. In addition, the EU has supported Serbia with more than EUR28 million to efficiently control its borders, thus contributing to the safety of Serbian citizens making the border crossings safer and preventing criminal activities, while ensuring swift crossing of travellers and goods (Integrated Border Management-IBM).

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Improved conditions for accommodation of minor migrants

European Union funds have been used to improve the conditions of residence and the quality of services provided to unaccompanied children from the migrant and refugee population. They are accommodated in two institutions, in the Institute for the Education of Children and Youth in Belgrade in Vodovodska Street, and in...

Schools in Šid foster diversity and tolerance

Pupils of elementary schools "Sremski Front" and "Branko Radičević" and high school "Sava Šumanović" from Šid marked the International Day of Tolerance, November 16. The students first distributed flyers about tolerance in the schools, and then in the city center, talked to the citizens of Šid on the topic of...

66 Ukrainian children in school desks across Serbia

In the territory of the Republic of Serbia, a total of 163 children from the migrant/refugee population are currently included in the regular education system, of which 97 are from the Middle East and Africa, while 66 are of Ukrainian origin. The Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development undertook...

Let / Flight

The flight is a metaphor for the journey of a man forced to flee his own country, but full of faith in a better future and hope to find a home again in a new place. "Flight" is also the name of the exhibition of art objects signed by the...

Migrant and refugee children attend schools in Vranje

The European Union supports the inclusion of migrants and refugees in the school system of the Republic of Serbia while they are staying on its territory. In Vranje, a city that is already known for its openness and tolerance, Children's Week and the day of the "Svetozar Marković" Primary School,...

Migration management – ​​a shared responsibility

Vice President of the European Commission Margaritis Schinas paid a two-day visit to Serbia. Last night he visited the Asylum Center in Obrenovac, from where he said that no one can answer the challenges of migration alone, but that cooperation and joint work are necessary.   During Schinas' visit, a...

Reconstruction of the Vranje Asylum Center

The Asylum Center in Vranje was renovated under the EU Support to Migration Management in Serbia, with the co-financing of the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration. The current improved capacities can accommodate 150 beneficiaries in 63 rooms. Among other things, reconstruction works were carried out on carpentry, water and sewage...

Minors and alone in pursuit of a better life

Yusuf was 15 years old when he went into exile from his native Afghanistan alone, without his parents or any other escort, and he could not imagine that he would stop in Serbia on his way to Western Europe and become an adult there. Silent, scowling just enough not to...

War is off the table. Let’s talk about life

The first thing you notice when you step into the yard of the Asylum Center in Vranje is the positive and relaxed atmosphere among the people. This should come as a surprise given that refugees from Ukraine, mostly women, and children, are housed here. However, when the conversation starts after...

Education of migrant children in Serbia: Jean from Burundi now lives in Krnjača and loves Partizan

Due to the civil war in Burundi, Jean (16) and Pierre (14) had to leave their home and start a refugee journey full of uncertainty in that small country in the eastern part of Africa. They share the fate of millions of migrant children. They found security in Serbia. Upon...

Five trainings on the narrative on migration

In March and April 2022, five trainings on how to improve the narrative on migration were held at the Migration Training Center in Plandište for representatives of state institutions involved in migration management. Prior to that, migration experts Vladimir Petronijevic and Miroslava Jelacic held training for trainers, representatives of the...

Migrations are like water, they always find a way

The Western Balkans route which migrants mostly use to reach the countries of the European Union (EU), with its part that stretches across North Macedonia and Serbia near Presevo, passes through inaccessible very harsh terrain in certain parts. At the top of one of the hills surrounding Presevo, covered only...

During 2021, 68,308 migrants were accommodated in reception and asylum centers

According to the latest statistical data from the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration, in 2021, a total of 68,308 migrants stayed in reception and asylum centers. The average stay was 30 days. Each of the migrants who passed through the centers managed by the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration received...

The European Union supports Serbia in migration management

Migration management was one of the main topics of the visit of European diplomats to Vranje, Presevo and Bujanovac on Friday, December 10, 2021. Head of European Union Delegation (EU) to Serbia, Ambassador Emanuele Giaufret, together with the Ambassador of Belgium, Koen Adam, Ambassador of Austria, Nikolaus Lutterotti, Ambassador of...

Marking five years of the European Union´s Support to Serbia in Border Management

This week marks five years since the beginning of the European Union´s support to the Ministry of Interior`s Border Police Directorate in raising operational capacities. On top of that, this week also represents the five-year anniversary of the first joint deployment of Serbian patrols together with patrols comprised of police...

Migrants Protect Physical and Mental Health by Making Masks

At the time when there were queues in front of pharmacies, with people waiting to see whether they were fortunate enough to buy no more than ten surgical masks – because most of the local production output and imports were going to hospitals and COVID-19 infirmaries – at the Asylum...

Three brochures on the education of migrant children in Serbia

By engaging educational institutions in Serbia, as of 2015/16 school year, 98 percent of children from the migrant population are included in the education system. For this school year, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development has prepared three brochures on the education of migrant children in Serbia: a...

Vaccination of migrants against the COVID-19 virus continued

A new round of immunization among migrants has begun. In mid-August, a total of ten migrants were vaccinated in the doctor's office of the Asylum Center in Obrenovac. Vaccination will continue in the next period, depending on the interest, in the reception centers of Adasevci, Sid Stanica and Principovac. The...

Language classes help young refugees in Serbia integrate more easily

For Firash, 17, and Asadi, 18, who fled Afghanistan more than a year ago, learning Serbian is more than mastering a new language. It’s a gateway to understanding the country’s culture and customs. The more they learn, the more they integrate and the greater their sense of belonging. “This course...

Carpentry – Fun and Useful Workshop for Migrants in the Obrenovac Reception Center

The three men are a strange combination – one that could only be concocted and orchestrated by life – to bring together three young men whose paths would have otherwise never crossed. Azar Khan is from Pakistan, Bilal is a Kurd from the Syrian city of Qamishli, and Mohamed is...

First ecological park opened in Vranje

The first ecological park was ceremoniously opened today in the yard of the "Čarolija" kindergarten in Vranje, thanks to the initiative of the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration (KIRS) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). So far, 15 children from the migrant population accommodated in the Vranje Reception Center...

COVID-19 Has Also Been a Great Challenge for People on the Migration Route

Unlike younger men from Arab, Asian and certain African countries – whose presence in Serbia stopped being surprising years ago, as one can see them on the streets in big cities, along roads and in villages close to the state border – it is uncommon to come across migrant families....

Commissioner Johansson Visits the Obrenovac Reception Center for Migrants and Border with Bulgaria

During a two-day visit to Serbia, European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson visited the Reception Center in Obrenovac, recently renovated under the EU Support to Migration Management in Serbia. Accompanied by EU Ambassador to Serbia Sem Fabrizi, Commissioner for Refugees and Migration Vladimir Cucić, State Secretary of the Ministry...

An agreement signed for the continuation of EU Support to Migration Management in Serbia

The Commissioner of the European Union for Internal Affairs and Migration, Ylva Johansson, attended today the signing of the Agreement on the continuation of the EU Support to Migration Management in Serbia. The agreement was signed by the Minister for European Integration in the Government of the Republic of Serbia,...

Migrants are provided with complete health care

The migrant population has been continuously provided with all health services at all three levels of health care - primary, secondary, and tertiary. Medical teams engaged in outpatient clinics at reception centers and asylum centers provide daily health services at the primary level of health care. In addition to health...

Art workshop with migrant children in Krnjača

The professors of the Secondary Technical School "Drvo Art" have designed creative workshops of art, graphics and stained glass, in which migrant students create together with the students of the "Drvo Art" school, on the topic of the life of migrants. The goal of the "One Picture - Thousand Words" project is to better include...

Paper robots from migrant children imagination

Migrant children accommodated at the Kranjača Asylum Center attend classes online during the coronavirus pandemic. The children from the fifth to the eighth grade made paper robots in the technical education classes with the teacher-mentor Jasmina Vasić from the Elementary school "Rade Drainac". Their works are such that they deserve...

Plant a seed and make a wish

An action titled "Plant a seed and make a wish" was held at the Vranje Reception Center for Migrants. The migrants, together with members of the organizations working in the Center, planted basil seeds, spice, primrose, oregano, selenium and other herbs in pots made of plastic bottles, which they will...

Asylum and reception centers equipped with mobile oxygen concentrators

In coordination with the Ministry of Health, ten medical oxygen concentrators were procured and distributed to infirmaries in reception/asylum centers in Serbia. Concentrators will be utilized as supportive devices, especially in the context of Covid-19 pandemic, for beneficiaries with chronical and/or acute respiratory conditions. This way, the pressure on the...

Migrants mastered the skills of men’s haircuts

Secondary school "St. Sava" from Sombor realized a workshop on the men's haircuts with migrants who are accommodated in the Sombor Reception Center. After a short video about men's haircuts, the teacher briefly explained the tools and accessories used and the sequence patterns in the haircut process. The migrants then...

Unaccompanied minor migrants provided with all necessary services

During 2020, more than 2,700 minor migrants unaccompanied by parents/guardians were accommodated in the facilities of the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs and the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration. This represents an increase of more than 60 percent compared to 2019. Out of the total number, 122...

Complete health care provided for migrants

Through EU Support to Migration Management in Serbia, migrants are provided with complete health care. Thanks to that, the spread of COVID-19 virus among this population was prevented. Data for the period as of 2015 up to date show the scope of this protection: 267,496 medical services provided; 68 different health care...

Quality Schooling for Every Student

About 400 students attend the high school "Sava Sumanović" from Sid. For the past four years, under our roof, migrant students have been learning, laughing, and hanging out together with their peers from the local area. About 20 migrant students come to us every year. Some stay for one to...

Photo Exhibition “A Story of a Woman” Posted Online

Virtual exhibition "A Story of a Woman", which showcases 33 migrant women from the Vranje Reception Center with flower crowns, is available online as of today at http://www.milosgacanovic.com/pricaozeni/. The photographs included in this exhibition were taken at workshops during April and May 2020 and the state of emergency due to the...

Let’s support a healthy smile

On Friday, February 19, 2021, at the Dental Technical School in Belgrade, a program was organized for migrant children and their families on the topic of oral health prevention. The aim was to underline the importance of preventive measures for maintaining dental health. A dental examination for children accommodated in the Asylum...

Migrant Children Learn Serbian and Cyrillic Alphabet

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development will continue in 2021 with the support of educational institutions in order to achieve the sustainable inclusion of migrant pupils. One of the most important activities within the EU Support to the Education of Migrants is the realization of small grants. Small grant...

New EU Support to Serbia for Migration Management worth EUR 13 million

The European Union continues to assist Serbia in the management of migration flow, by providing additional EUR 13 million in grant for the 2021 activities. As of 2015, when the increased influx of migrants to the territory of Serbia began, the EU has donated to Serbia over EUR 130 million,...

Migrants’ gifts cheered beneficiaries of the Shelter for Adults and Seniors in Vranje

Today, migrant children accommodated in the Reception Center in Vranje cheered the elders from the Shelter for Adults and Seniors in Vranje with holiday gifts and hand-made greeting cards. This is the fourth year in a row that migrants from Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries visit...

Psychosocial support activities and their significance in times of COVID-19 pandemic

In seven reception and asylum centers in Serbia, in spite of the overall situation, psychosocial support workshops are regularly held. In safe and secure spaces, respecting epidemiological regulations, children, young and old, regardless of age or country of origin, learn, develop and express themselves together. The workshops are diverse in...

Improved capacities for accommodation of unaccompanied and separated migrant minors

Darija Kisić Tepavčević, Minister of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs, Mateja Norčić Štamcar, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia, and Lidija Marković, Head of the International Organization for Migration Office in Serbia, visited the Center for accommodation of unaccompanied and separated migrant minors on the occasion of...

New Pact on Migration and Asylum

Migration is a complex issue, with many facets that need to be weighed together. The safety of people who seek international protection or a better life, the concerns of countries at the EU’s external borders, which worry that migratory pressures will exceed their capacities, and which need solidarity from others....

Prevention Measures Against Coronavirus in Reception and Asylum Centers

Prevention measures against COVID-19 are being implemented in all reception centers and asylum centers. Personal protection measures are also practiced, wearing masks, washing and disinfecting hands, reacting in case of the slightest symptom. At the centers, migrants are informed daily about the situation related to the coronavirus pandemic in the...

Polygon of Knowledge

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development having recognized the importance of supporting educational institutions and trainings for the sustainable inclusion of migrant students has begun with the implementation of a series of activities.  These same activities are being implemented within the framework of the EU Support to Migration...

Active Care Provided for Unaccompanied Minors Migrants

The Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran’s and Social Affairs is an active participant in the migration management process in the Republic of Serbia.  The employees of this institution, within the scope of the social protection system, provide accommodation for the aforementioned category of migrants in keeping with the best interests...

Locked down

Yet another movie was produced under the European Union Support to Migration Management in the Republic of Serbia. Locked down is a short documentary, shot at the end of May 2020, i.e., soon after the measures of the state of emergency in Serbia were lifted. It showcases life of migrants and refugees...

Good Man Gagi

There have been many heroes among us who have remained unknown. No front-page articles have been dedicated to them nor else have there been any news stories to record and tout their many deeds. When leaving this world, they do so quietly and unassumingly, in much the same way as...

A hair salon opened in the Asylum Center in Bogovađa

The IOM hair salon started operating in the Asylum Center in Bogovađa this August. This activity is coordinated by the IOM Serbia mobile team and supported by the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration. By organizing such activities, migrants and refugees are enabled to be trained in practical skills. As it...

Revisiting the World Humanitarian Day

The European Union support includes direct assistance to migrants and refugees accommodated in reception and asylum centers. This assistance is provided primarily by the staff of the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration with support from the representatives of international and non-governmental organizations. One of those representatives is Milica Andjelković Jovanović,...

Extensive works on reconstruction and construction of new facilities for accommodation of migrants financed with EU funds

In addition to accommodation, food provision, health care and education of migrant children, under the EU Support to Migration Management in Serbia, substantial funds have been invested in improving accommodation conditions, reconstruction of existing and construction of new accommodation facilities. In coordination with the institutions of the Republic of Serbia...

Workshops for migrants in the Reception center in Obrenovac

On the occasion of June 20, World Refugee Day, the mobile team of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) held several group sessions with migrants at the Reception Center in Obrenovac. Most of them come from war-torn countries, where riots are still raging, i.e. from Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Somalia and...

Managing migration in the times of COVID-19 epidemic

At the time of the declaration of the state of emergency on the territory of the Republic of Serbia, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, about 5,900 migrants were accommodated in the centers for accommodation of asylum seekers and in reception centers. As of March 15, 2020, and with the declaration...

The movie “Close(d)” screened at the EU Info Center in Belgrade

On Tuesday, 12 November 2019, a documentary on migration, “Close(d)”, was screened at the EU Info Center in Belgrade. The film is authored by Brigitte Kuchar and directed by Boriša Simović. The audience consisted of representatives of the diplomatic corps, international organizations, the non-governmental sector, state institutions involved in migration...

Citizens well informed on migration issues

The Public Opinio Survey, designed to capture public attitudes towards the impact of increased influx of migrants in 19 Serbian local municipalities, was carried out by CeSid (Center for Free elections and Democracy) between 20 and 30 June 2019. The survey was performed as part of the European Union Support...

Obrenovac gets its first solar smart bench

Today, Obrenovac Municipality was handed a solar smart bench, the first of the new generation in Serbia. In addition to the donation a smart bench, Obrenovac was provided with a server within the EU Support to Migration Management in the Republic of Serbia in order to improve the quality of...

Play for children at the Cultural and Educational Center “Sid”

On 22 August 2019, migrant children and their parents had the opportunity to enjoy a children's play hosted by educators and children from Kikinda's Dragoljub Udicki Preschool. The humorous play "The spoiled goes to School" deals with the theme of the flaws and characteristics of people that often become over...

Results of the media campaign “This is life, not film” presented

During May and June 2019, as part of EU Support to Migration Management in Serbia, a media campaign was conducted to raise public awareness of the problems and lives of migrants and refugees in the Republic of Serbia. The products and results of the campaign, which is recognizable by the...

Celebrating Diversity brings together locals and migrants

As part of EU Support to Migration Management in the Republic of Serbia, Novi Sad, as the largest city in northern Serbia, was selected yesterday to discuss the migrant crisis in Serbia. The media was presented with data and information on migrants and local communities facing these challenges in our...

Residents of Sid as “live books”

“Live Books” - a concept that refers to people as books with their unique titles, had the opportunity to be read by media representatives, citizens of Sid and beneficiaries of the Reception Center in Sid yesterday, 25 July 2019. This concept is realized within the activity “Celebrating Diversity”. During this...

Third media workshop held in Belgrade

How does Serbia handle migration? What is the current situation regarding migrants and refugees temporarily residing in Serbia? What are the obstacles the country faces when it comes to migration - these are just some of the many sub-topics that were opened at the third media workshop held in Belgrade...

Parents, migrants and children together in eco-action in Stubline

This week we organized an eco-action in Stubline near Obrenovac on the football field of FC Posavina as part of the activity "Celebrating Diversity". The children enjoyed playing football, while their parents and coaches of the club were joined in the eco-action by the beneficiaries of the Reception Center in...

Premiere of the documentary “Close(d)”

“CLOSE(D)“, a 40-minute documentary showcasing migration issues in Serbia, focusing on migrants from Asia and Africa, was premiered on Thursday 18 July 2019 at 8 pm in the movie theater of Jugoslovenska kinoteka in Belgrade. It was filmed in the course of November 2018 – June 2019. The documentary shows,...

Football matches for socializing without borders

On the occasion of their 90th birthday, FC "Napredak Vasica" hosted a friendly match with FC "Partizan". Prior to the friendly match, as part of the "Celebrating Differences" activities carried out as part of the European Union Support to Migration Management in the Republic of Serbia, other matches were organized with...

“Live Books” for the second time in Obrenovac

Today, the representatives of the media and citizens of Obrenovac had the opportunity to attend an event called "Live Books" for the second time - a concept that refers to people as books that have their unique titles. In the second in a series of events, the “Live Books” were...

Migration talks in Nis today

Within the framework of the European Union Support to Migration Management in the Republic of Serbia, Niš, as the largest city in southern Serbia, was selected as the place to discuss migration issues in Serbia. This was a way to present data and information on migrants and local communities facing...

“Live books” today in Obrenovac

Today, the representatives of the media and residents of Obrenovac and the vicinity had the opportunity to attend an event called "Living Books" for the first time - a concept that refers to people as books that have their unique titles. It was the first in a series of Live...

Migrant Children joined the “Royal Carnival“ in Banja Koviljaca

On Sunday, 23 June 2019, Banja Koviljaca hosted 9th “Royal Carnival”, which gathered 29 carnival groups from Serbia and the region. Civic Association “Royal Carnival”, with the support from the City of Loznica, local community Banja Koviljaca, Tourism Organization of Loznica and Cultural Centre “Vuk Karadzic”, has been traditionally organizing a...

Activities under the slogan ‘’Celebrating diversity” presented in Šid

Alongside the friendly gathering and conversation with migrants and refugees, the residents of the city of Šid and the representatives of authority institutions and organizations have been introduced to the activities under the slogan ‘’Celebrating diversity” in Šid today. These activities are being realized as part of the European Union support to...

Two-day workshop for media representatives in Nis

What are the consequences of fake news and sensationalistic reporting about the migrant population staying in Serbia? How to maintain the professional standards of journalism, provide quality, relevant and timely information to citizens? What are the challenges faced by representatives of the institutions of the Government of the Republic of...

Through sport to better understanding

On Sunday, 16 June 2019, a sports event was organized on the river Bosut in Visnjicevo (municipality of Sid) during the international regatta and U21 kayaking competition, within the EU Support to Migration Management in Serbia. The participants were children from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia.     The...

Workshop “From a friend to a friend” organized in Tutin

A creative workshop titled “From a friend to a friend” was organized yesterday at the child-friendly space in the Asylum Centre in Tutin. Children from the Preschool Institution “Habiba Stocevic”, together with migrant children from the Asylum Centre, made gifts for each other. On this occasion, the children and their...

First regional workshop for representatives of the media organized

The first in the series of workshops for representatives of the media on the topic of migration management was organized in Novi Sad on 6 and 7 June 2019.   The aim of the workshops within the EU Support to Municipalities and Cities Hosting Migrants is to improve the cooperation...

School Day of the Primary School “Vera Blagojevic” marked in Banja Koviljaca

As a part of the celebration of the School Day of the Primary School “Vera Blagojevic” in Banja Koviljaca on 16 May 2019, students from the school, including migrant children, took part in the school event. This occasion was used to present, for the first time, one part of the...

Spring cleaning of the Asylum Centre in Krnjaca

Within the spring cleaning of the City of Belgrade, a joint action was organized for cleaning the area surrounding the Asylum Centre in Krnjaca, with the aim of creating a healthier and cleaner environment for all residents of this part of the city. The activity gathered migrants accommodated at the Asylum...

Workshop “Creative Gastronomy” for young migrants in Nis

Today, migrant children accommodated at the Institute for Youth Education in Nis and students of the Secondary School of Tourism and Hospitality prepared culinary specialities from Afghanistan and Serbia within the workshop “Creative Gastronomy”.   Jelena Maric Lukovic, on behalf of the EU Support to Municipalities and Cities Hosting Migrants,...

Migrants from Obrenovac played cricket

At the Cricket Federation of Serbia's pitches, a cricket tournament was organized on 4 May 2019 between migrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan accommodated at the Reception Centre in Obrenovac.   The Cricket Federation leadership hosted the players, provided the necessary equipment and made sure, through professional refereeing and support, that...

Migrant girls received awards at the literary competition in Aleksinac

At the 22nd Literary Festival “Gordana Brajovic” in Aleksinac, which traditionally announces the awards for the best book for children and youth and best student works in the area of prose and poetry, this year’s awards for the first two places went to migrant girls from the Asylum Centre in...

Event organized in Sombor to mark the upcoming Easter holidays

Migrant children from Iraq and Afghanistan accommodated at the Reception Centre in Sombor organized an event today at the premises of the Red Cross in this city on the occasion of the Orthodox Easter. They sang songs they use to mark the biggest Muslim religious holidays. Katarina Ivanovic, on behalf...

Last year, migrants in Serbia were provided with 100,000 health care services

Last year, migrants in Serbia were provided with 100,000 various health care services, from the smallest ones to more complex services. Those services were provided within the EU Support to Migration Management in Serbia. Marjan Ivanusa, the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in Serbia, said today in a press statement...

Migrants and scouts cleaned the illegal waste dump in Obrenovac

Today, migrants from the Reception Centre in Obrenovac, together with the Scout Squad “Zvezdan Nedeljkovic” and with the support from the public utility company from this town, cleaned the illegal waste dump at the site of the former wood processing factory “Bora Markovic” in Zabrezje.   Radmila Borozan, on behalf...

Migrants marked the Earth Day with a field trip to Bujanovac Lake

On the occasion of 22 April, the Earth Day, a joint field trip to Bujanovac Lake was organized for migrants from the Reception Centre in Bujanovac and volunteers of the Red Cross of Bujanovac. They used this trip to clean the picnic area by the lake, to go fishing and...

Migrant children and children from Vranje made bird houses together

Today, migrant children from the Reception Centre in Vranje and children from the Primary School “Radoje Domanovic” participated in the educational and creative Ecological Workshop, organized within the EU Support to Migration Management in Serbia. At the workshop, organized in the school's courtyard, children listened to a brief lecture about...

Migrant children from the Centre for accommodation of foreign juveniles without parental care at sports class

Migrant children from the Centre for accommodation of foreign juveniles without parental or custodian care in Čukarica, today have participated in sports and recreation class together with children from Primary School “Miroslav Antić”, learning how to acquire healthy habits. Jelena Marić Luković, said on behalf of the EU Support to...

Football Tournament in the Reception Center in Obrenovac

Football pitch in the Reception Centre in Obrenovac was yesterday the scene of real football matches. The teams competed in futsal included migrants from the Rescue Centre in Obrenovac, staff of the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration, and visiting teams of migrants from the Asylum Centre in Krnjača and the...

Fudbalski turnir u Prihvatnom centru u Obrenovcu

Fudbalski teren u Prihvatnom centru u Obrenovcu juče je bio poprište pravih fudbalskih mečeva. Snage u malom fudbalu odmerili su timovi migranata smeštenih u Prihvatnom centru u Obrenovcu, zaposleni u Komesarijatu za izbeglice i migracije, kao i gostujući timovi migranata iz Centra za azil u Krnjači i tim iz lokalne...

Certificates for beauty technician delivered to migrants in the Reception center in Sombor

Certificates have been delivered today in the Reception center in Sombor to ladies who successfully completed a course for assistant beautician for pedicure and manicure. The training course for 11 lady migrants was organized by the International Organization for Migrations (IOM) in collaboration with the School for Primary Education of...

Children’s playground at the Palic Zoo refurbished through joint forces

Students of the primary school “Matko Vukovic”, volunteers of the Youth Office and migrants currently staying at the Reception Centre in Subotica, joined forces today to refurbish the children's playground at the Palic Zoo. The result is a nicer environment for all visitors, especially the youngest ones. They distributed paintbrushes...

Migrants also participated in a table tennis tournament in the Home “Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj” in Belgrade

Today, migrant children in the Home “Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj” in Belgrade, together with children and young people from the local population, redecorated the balcony in a joint activity. After that, they participated in a table tennis tournament. There are 10 migrant children without parental care staying at the home, along...

Female migrants from Sid at the workshop on women’s reproductive health

Female migrants from the Reception Centre in Sid, female secondary school students and women from the local community, participated today at the workshop on women’s reproductive health. This was an opportunity for them to learn how to preserve their health in all situations in life. Dr Dragan Kojic, gynaecologist at...

Migrant children and students from primary school “Mile Dubljevic” in Bogovadja in a joint multimedia class

Today, migrant children from the Asylum Centre in Bogovadja and lower-grade students from the primary school “Mile Dubljevic” from this town attended a joint multimedia class “The world around us”, where they learned how to use the information available on virtual channels. Biljana Zujovic, the principal of the primary school...

Migrants and citizens of Vranje treated themselves to cakes for Persian New Year

Today, children from the Reception Centre for Migrants in Vranje shared decorated cakes with people in the city's pedestrian zone. It was their way of marking the Persian New Year – Nowruz, which is celebrated today in Iran and Afghanistan, and coincides with the beginning of spring. Deputy Mayor of...

Spring renovation of the courtyard of the Centre for Social Work in Bosilegrad

Today, a joint spring renovation activity was organized in the courtyard of the Centre for Social Work in Bosilegrad and it gathered the migrants accommodated at the Reception Centre “Bosilegrad” and members of the local community. Within the joint activity, the Centre for Social Work “Bosilegrad” was also provided with...

Migrants from the Reception Centre in Obrenovac rehabilitated the septage pumping station

Today, migrants from the Reception centre in Obrenovac painted and rehabilitated the septage pumping station, operating within the utility company “Water Supply and Sanitation”, which was flooded in 2014. Jelena Maric Lukovic said on behalf of the EU Support to Municipalities and Cities Hosting Migrants that painting and rehabilitating the...

Migrant women exhibited their work at the handicrafts fair in Banja Koviljaca

Today, migrants from the Asylum Centre in Banja Koviljaca exhibited their works at the selling exhibition in Loznica together with the local population. Representative of the International Organization for Migration Dragica Lakanovic said that the fair was organized on the occasion of the International Women's Day, on 8 March, and...

Exhibition of photographs taken by migrants from the Reception Centre in Subotica opened

At the Modern Art Gallery in Subotica, the exhibition of photographs taken by migrants from the Reception Centre in this city was opened, under the title “Life through the lens of migrants in Serbia”. Radmila Borozan from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said that the exhibition has around 40...

Workshop “What do you know about traffic”

The workshop titled “What do you know about traffic” that gathered migrant children and students of three primary schools from Kikinda was organized today in this city. Jelena Maric Lukovic, on behalf of the EU Support to Migration Management in Serbia, said that the aim of the workshop is for...

Primary school students and migrants from Sombor together in a disaster rescue exercise

Today, students of the primary school “Ivo Lola Ribar” in Sombor and migrants from the Reception Centre in that city performed the final exercise of giving first aid in disasters. The two-month training “Preparedness and disaster response”, which was completed by 20 migrants and several dozens of students from the...

One click for more knowledge for migrant and local students from Vranje

“One click for new knowledge and skills” is the title of the workshop organized today for students of the Secondary School for Economics and Trade in Vranje and migrant children from the Reception Centre in this city. This was a chance for them to acquire the basic computer skills, to...

Migrants from Bujanovac took part in futsal tournament

The sports hall in Bujanovac hosted a futsal tournament gathering migrants accommodated at the Reception Centre in this town and players of the Bujanovac futsal club (KMF Bujanovac). Two teams from each group showed their futsal skills, and in addition to playing, the tournament participants had the chance to get...

Renovated Reception Center for Migrants Opened in Bosilegrad

H.E. Sem Fabrizi, Ambassador and Head of EU Delegation to the Republic of Serbia, opened renovated premises of the Migrant Reception Center in Bosilegrad today. Together with Mr. Vladimir Cucic, Commissioner for Refugees and Migration, Mr. Vladimir Zaharijev, Mayor of Bosilegrad, and Ms. Lidija Markovic, Head of the IOM Office in Serbia, he...

Panel discussion “Women of the East and the West” – the opportunity to socialize and exchange experiences about life in a macho society

Women of the East and the West differ in how they live and what their position in the society is. However, there are also similarities primarily that in Serbia, which is the West for Afghanistan and Iran, which are the countries of origin of the majority of migrants accommodated in...

Workshop “When T-shirts tell stories” in the Reception Centre in Adasevci

Migrants from the Reception Centre in Adasevci near Sid participated today in the workshop “When T-shirts tell stories”, where they had the chance to paint the front parts of T-shirts with how they see their future. Special pedagogue Dragan Veselinovic said that the workshop lasts for two days and that...

Migrants from the Asylum Centre in Krnjaca visited the “Nikola Tesla” museum

Migrants from the Asylum Centre in Krnjaca, children and their parents, visited the “Nikola Tesla” museum in Belgrade today, where they could learn about the life and work of the famous scientist with the help of a professional guide. Representative from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Aleksandra Misic, said...

Study visit to Turkey for representatives from Pirot, Vranje and Sid

Representatives of local self-governments, public health institutes and primary health care centres from Vranje, Pirot and Sid visited specialized institutions for health care of migrants and refugees in Izmir, Turkey in the period from 11 to 13 December 2018. The aim of this visit was to exchange experiences and good...

Migrant women made citizens of Vranje happy by bringing them gifts

Today, migrant women accommodated in the Reception Centre in Vranje, made beneficiaries of Vranje’s Centre for Development of Local Social Protection Services and children with developmental disabilities accommodated in the day-care in this city happy by bringing them New Year gifts. Among other things, migrant women from Afghanistan and Iran...

Children from Pirot made Christmas tree decorations

Children from the preschool institution “Cika Jova Zmaj” and migrant children from the Reception Centre in Pirot had the opportunity today to socialize, make Christmas decorations and hang them on the Christmas tree during the creative workshop organized in the kindergarten “Prvomajski cvet”. Representative of the United Nations Development Programme...

Kindergarten from Bujanovac gets a valuable donation from the European Union

Migrant children from the Reception Centre in Bujanovac and their peers from the preschool institution “Nasa radost” from Bujanovac had the chance today to socialize and have fun with the stage play “Santa Claus and three Christmas trees” performed by preschool teachers from that institution. The kids were happy to...

Painting workshops bringing good memories to migrants

Psycho-educational and occupational workshops are ongoing at the Reception Centre in Obrenovac. These are creative, stimulating, relaxing and educational techniques and activities aimed at improving the mental health of migrants. Participants in the workshops said that such activities make their everyday life easier, that they enjoy the atmosphere of unity...

Migrant girls from Iran made hairstyles in the secondary school “Sveti Sava” in Loznica

In the secondary school “Sveti Sava” for education of professional hair stylists in Loznica, a hair show was organized today, presenting hairstyles made by students of the school. Among them are three migrant girls from Iran, accommodated in the Asylum Centre in Banja Koviljaca. The school principal Jelena Mirkovic said...

International Migrants Day marked in Bujanovac with a children’s event

Migrant children accommodated in the reception centre in Bujanovac and students of the primary school “Branko Radicevic” from Bujanovac organized a joint event today in that school. The messages of peace, love, tolerance and other universal values were sent from the event. After the end of the event, migrant children...

Children from the Asylum Centre in Krnjaca visited the Faculty of Chemistry in Belgrade

Today, migrant children from the Asylum Centre in Krnjaca visited the museum and laboratory of the Faculty of Chemistry in Belgrade, where some of the science experiments were presented to them. Student of the Faculty of Chemistry Sladjana Savic took the children through the Museum of Chemistry which houses a...

Migrants prepared New Year gifts for children from Bosilegrad

The youngest inhabitants from the municipality of Bosilegrad, the children born in last two years, received New Year gifts yesterday, which were prepared for them by migrants and refugees from the Reception Centre in Bosilegrad. The gifts were distributed to kids within the EU Support to Migration Management in Serbia,...

Children’s greeting cards to 900 addresses

Today, migrant children together with children from Subotica made greeting cards in the preschool institution “Nasa radost” in Subotica, on the occasion of the International Migrants Day which is observed on 18 December. On that day the decorated greeting cards will be sent to 900 addresses across Serbia, which would...

Workshop for planning the health care of migrants in crises

Workshops for planning the health care of migrants in potential crises caused by the increased influx or prolonged stay of migrants and refugees continued in Belgrade on 10 December 2018. Continuous workshops are being organized for representatives of local self-governments, public health institutes and primary health centres from Sid, Pirot...

Workshop for healthy growing up of children held in Sjenica

Within the EU Support to Migration Management in Serbia, a counselling for growing up healthy was organized in the Primary Health Care Centre in Sjenica. Children and parents from the migrant and the local population were told about the ways to protect their health and thus improve their health habits....

Migrants and volleyball players from Bujanovac in a friendly tournament

On Saturday, a friendly volleyball tournament was organized in the Bujanovac Sports Hall between BSK’s men’s and women's teams and male and female migrants staying in this town. The president of the volleyball club BSK, Slavisa Jovic, said that he would actually call this tournament the “Open Doors Day”, when...

Vinca reminded migrants of their homeland

Today, migrants from the Reception Centre in Obrenovac visited the archaeological site “Belo Brdo” in Vinca from the Neolithic, from the period of around 7,000 years BCE, because they showed interest in the history of Serbia. Mateja Bakocevic from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said for the news agency...

Migrants and citizens of Sombor planted 150 pine seedlings

Today, the picnic area Sikara near Sombor was being landscaped by refugees and migrants from the nearby reception centre together with the citizens of Sombor, as a part of the activities that contribute to community-building, through getting to know each other and overcoming differences. Jelena Maric Lukovic pointed out on...

Migrant children also marked the Universal Children’s Day in Sombor

The Sombor Educational Centre, together with migrant children from Iraq who are accommodated in the Reception Centre in Sombor, marked the Universal Children's Day and the International Day of Elimination of Violence today. The programme in the premises of the Hungarian Civic Club in Sombor started with the stage play...

Migrants from Pirot visited Djavolja Varos

Migrants from the Reception Centre in Pirot visited Djavolja Varos today and learned about how this rare natural phenomenon on the Radan mountain near Kursumlija was formed. Dusan Krstic from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said that today's visit to Djavolja Varos is one in the series of activities...

Migrants from the Reception Centre in Obrenovac visited the Equestrian Centre MBM in Lipovica

Today, migrants from the Reception Centre in Obrenovac visited the Equestrian centre MBM in the Lipovica Forest near Barajevo, to learn more about Serbia and its culture and tradition. The field trip was organized for 15 migrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Cameron who had the chance to have fun,...

Migrants from the Asylum Centre in Krnjaca visited the Equestrian Club in Belgrade

Migrants from the Asylum Centre in Krnjaca visited the Equestrian Club at the Belgrade racecourse today. Aleksandra Misic from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said that the field trip for eight children and six adults was organized so that the migrants could see one of Belgrade's biggest attractions. “Migrants...

Workshop “There, far away” held in Sjenica and Tutin

In addition to having a roof over their head and food, migrants in Serbia need much more to feel like people and to live, and not just wait. This is one of the conclusions from the workshop “There, far away”, which was held at the asylum centres in Sjenica and...

First time in a castle

Close to 100 migrant parents and children from Iraq and Afghanistan, accommodated in reception centres in Kikinda and Subotica, visited the Fantast Castle near Becej today. The field trip was organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) within the EU Support to Municipalities Hosting Migrants. Children had the chance...

Sombor’s picnic area Sikara got a makeover

Sikara has always been the favourite picnic area for citizens of Sombor. For this reason, the European Union decided, within its Support to Municipalities Hosting Migrants, to get visitors back to the park and use its potential in the best possible way. Reception Centre for migrants is located near the...

SCRM Staff in a Study Visit to the Netherlands

Field workers of the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration, namely ten of them, participated in a study visit to the Dutch instituions dealing with migration management from 22 - 26 October 2018. In the course of the first day of the visit representatives of the International Organization for Migration in...

Parents and children socialized in a school in Pirot

Pirot, 31 October 2018 – Within the activity “Parents at school desks”, various recreational and educational activities were organized in the primary school “Dusan Radovic” for the local population of Pirot and migrants currently staying in this city. In the new, arranged and equipped space of the school gymnasium of...

Nis: A match between FC Radnicki Nis U18 and unaccompanied minors

In the yard of the Institute for youth education in Bozidarceva street in Nis, a real international football match was organized – FC Radnicki Nis U18, unaccompanied minors from Iraq and Afghanistan and other beneficiaries of the Institute clashed in five-a-side football. Instead of playing the national anthems, the start...

When t-shirts tell stories…

The workshop “When t-shirts tell stories” was organized today in Sombor for migrants from the Reception Centre “Streliste” in this city. Special pedagogue Dragan Veselinovic said that the workshop will last for two days and that each participant will get a t-shirt that is unique and that they themselves have...

Visit to the Monument to the Unknown Hero on Avala

A field trip to the Monument to the Unknown Hero on Avala was organized for seven migrants from the Reception Centre in Obrenovac, so that they could learn at least about a small part of Serbia's history. This activity was implemented within the EU Support to Municipalities Hosting Migrants. Migrant...

Dunja’s World

Five months ago, in the Nis city nursery, a girl by the name of Dunja was born. The small, lively girl with dark, intelligent eyes, is the daughter of Saliha and Fida, migrants currently living in the Reception Center in Vranje. “We are from Afghanistan, from Kabul. We could no...

The photo exhibition “Memories left behind“ opened in Belgrade

The citizens of Belgrade have been presented the photo exhibition „Memories left behind” at the plateau of the Faculty of Philosophy. The exhibition opus consists of 20 photos featuring lost and forgotten migrant children toys that were found in Serbia, thousands of kilometres far from their homes. The exhibition has...

“Tournament of Friendship” between Migrant and Local Children Held in Vranje

On Saturday, 29 September 2018, sporting event in futsal titled “Friendship Tournament” at “Prestige” football school was organized in Vranje. Migrant boys and girls who are temporarily accommodated in the Reception Centres in Vranje and Bujanovac and local children – members of the football school “Prestige” in Vranje participated in...

Migrant children and parents from Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq paid a visit to Dida Hornjak’s Shed

On Monday, 1 October 2018, migrant children and their parents, who temporarily stay in the Reception Centre in Sombor, paid a visit to Dida Hornjak’s Shed, which forms part of cultural and historical heritage of the Town of Sombor. This was an opportunity for both children and their parents to...

Volunteers Renovated the Yard of the Primary School “Vera Blagojević” in Banja Koviljača

Banja Koviljača, 27 September 2018. – The beginning of a new academic year in Banja Koviljača was marked by renovated yard of the Primary School “Vera Blagojević“: reconstructed plateau, fence installed and new sport equipment purchased. Thanks to the European Union Support to the Municipalities Hosting migrants and donation of...

Training of Trainers Held in Promotion of Health Among Migrants

On Thursday and Friday, 13 and 14 September 2018, training of trainers was held and it represented the beginning of the activities within the campaign aimed at organizing health-related education of migrants within the reception centres. Training participants were physician epidemiologists and specialist in social medicine from the Institutes for...

Habitants of Bela Palanka and Migrants Marked the Upcoming Beginning of Academic Year through Joint Sport-Volunteering Event

Bela Palanka, 27 August 2018 – The upcoming beginning of the academic year in the Primary School “Ljupče Španac“ in Bela Palanka, where 20 children from migrant population enrolled last year, was marked by the sporting event and renovation of the schoolyard. A rainy day in Bela Palanka did not...

Migrant Families Paid a Visit to Riding Club „Čegar“ in Niška Banja

On Wednesday, 15 August 2018, migrant families, who are temporarily staying in the Reception Centre “Divljana” in the Municipality of Bela Palanka, paid a visit to the Riding Club “Čegar” in Niška Banja. This was a unique opportunity for migrants from Afghanistan, Libya and other countries to get familiarized with...

New Schoolyard for Primary School Students in Banja Koviljača

Despite summer holidays, it has been quite a vivid period in the schoolyard of the Primary School “Vera Blagojević“ in Banja Koviljača. The yard is full of workers of different profiles, who are, on daily basis, constructing new plateau and renovating the yard before the beginning of the new academic...

Works on School Reconstruction have been initiated in the village of Berkasovo

Thanks to the EU donation amounting to EUR 60,000, 32 pupils of the lower school grades and four teachers of dislocated Primary School “Sremski front” in Beraskovo, shall start a new academic year in the renovated classrooms adapted to modern didactic needs. Refugee and migrant children, accommodated in the Reception...

Sem Fabrizi visiting Pirot

H.E. Sem Fabrizi, ambassador and Head of EU Delegation to the Republic of Serbia, visited Pirot and the institutions which had received support from the EU funds. The ambassador began his official visit to Pirot by meeting with Mr. Vladan Vasic, Mayor of Pirot at which they discussed the EU...

Nicolas Bizel, State Representatives and Project Implementing Partners in a visit to Tutin and Sjenica

Mr. Nicolas Bizel, from the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia, together with the state representatives and project implementing partners, visited Tutin and Sjenica. After the meeting with Mr. Kenan Hot, Head of Tutin Municipality, Mr. Bizel visited Primary Health Care Centre of Tutin, where he...

I will miss Serbia when I leave

Her name is Zahra Nawrozi and she is very young. She is barely 19, but over the course of her young age she has seen and endured much suffering, enough for a lifetime. Zahra escaped from Pakistan when she was only 16 because she wanted to get a hold of...

Percussion workshop for young migrants in Presevo and Pirot

Dragoljub Djuricic, one of the most famous professional drummers in the Balkans, held a joint percussion workshop for young migrants and the local youth from Presevo and Pirot. Young migrants from the reception centers in the south of Serbia and the youngsters from the youth associations from Presevo and Pirot...

Transportation of children to primary schools in Serbia

The Jadgari family comes from Afghanistan, it has three members and for the past year they have been living in the Reception centre in Bujanovac, which is itself located in the south of Serbia. Bujanovac is one of the municipalities wherein the children of migrants regularly attend classes at the...