Most asylum seekers in Serbia are migrants who do not want asylum , but are in transit to another EU country . Also, Serbia will do everything to solve the problem of asylum seekers, but this requires international cooperation, said today at a press conference titled "Challenges of the Republic of Serbia in the field of asylum and migration: priority on national and international level", organized by the Ombudsman in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees, the United Nations Office in Belgrade .
In 2013 5.066 foreign nationals were registered who sought asylum, were filed 153 claims, and two people were granted asylum.
- Through Serbia passed 11.795 people that were detected in a way, carried only 19 interviews, and assigned five asylums in the last six years - said the Ombudsman Saša Janković. He added that all countries are avoiding to do anything institutional that is required by regulations, because the asylum seekers, who do not receive asylum from countries where requested, where returned to the country where they were first registered. This problem must be solved in the region, and we in Serbia are willing to do what regulations require.
Ombudsman sent a twenty recommendations to improve the situation in the field of asylum and migration with whose implementation will begin immediately.
- I expect that we will seriously enhance the realization of the rights of asylum seekers and irregular migrants, improve legal certainty and harmonize regulations with international standards - said Jankovic.
State Secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Vladimir Bozovic said that Serbia has the political will to solve the problem of asylum seekers, and announced a new law on asylum seekers by the end of May, which would distinguish between asylum seekers from irregular migrants in transit.
Eduardo Arboleda , Head of the High Commissioner for Refugees, the United Nations in Serbia said that it is crucial to distinguish between asylum seekers and those who are in transit through Serbia, because these people are looking for different treatment of the state.