On the occasion of the World Refugee Day, the Protector of Citizens invites state authorities, although the influx of refugees from the war-affected areas to the Republic of Serbia has been reduced, to continue with efforts to provide everyone with appropriate reception and to determine in an efficient and fair procedure whether there is an obligation to grant them stay and protection.
According to data available to the Protector of Citizens, there are about 3,000 migrants in our country in the reception centers, and from the beginning of the year, less than a hundred of them applied for asylum.
Since the beginning of the refugee crisis, the Protector of Citizens, working as the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM), regularly visits places where refugees and migrants are accomodated and to relevant authorities. In the course of 2018, 22 visits were carried out, about which 19 reports were prepared with 25 recommendations for elimination of identified deficiencies and improvement of treatment. During this year, the NPM intensified the exchange of information with the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration, and established the cooperation with Ministry of the Interior regarding the monitoring of forced return of foreigners.
The World Refugee Day, with the support of the United Nations, is celebrating on June 20 each year and is committed to raising awareness about the situation with refugees around the world.