The National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) of the Republic of Serbia marks the International Migrants Day this year by visiting the Krnjača Asylum Center, which has the capacity to accommodate about 1000 migrants. On this occasion, the NPM will meet with Assistant Commissioner for reception, care, return and integration of refugees Mr. Ivan Gerginov, in order to discuss the current situation in this and other centers for the reception of migrants.
Since the beginning of the year, in order to monitor the situation of migrants located in the territory of the Republic of Serbia, the NPM conducted 35 visits to reception centers for migrants, asylum centers, border crossings and various informal gathering points of migrants. In the same period, NPM sent over 50 recommendations for improving the treatment of migrants by competent authorities. Particular attention was paid to victims of torture and unaccompanied minors.
Currently there are about 5,000 migrants in Serbia, most of which are accommodated in official accommodation facilities, but unfortunately there are still those, mostly single adults, who on their own will continue to stay outside reception and asylum centers, although there’s enough free space. Having in mind the adverse weather conditions, the authorities are undertaking activities in order to accommodate all the migrants in the reception centers. It is particularly worrying that almost all migrants want to continue their journey further, and in spite of that, only about 50 of them per week enter the European Union legally. This leads to great dissatisfaction and psychological pressure, so NPM addressed a large number of recommendations in order to establish and improve the provision of psychological assistance and support to migrants.