The need for the provision of translation services during the visits of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) to asylum centers, reception centers and institutions of social protection of home type where minor migrants are accommodated was the topic of the meeting of NPM representatives with the representatives of the United Nation High Commissariat for Refugees (UNHCR).
Taking into account that, even though the so-called Balkan route is currently closed, according to the UNHCR data around 20 thousand migrants cross Serbia and currently in Serbia there are three thousand five hundred migrants, among them between 400 and 500 unaccompanied minors, it is clearly needed, as it was pointed out at the meeting, to improve the protection and exercise of human rights of migrants. One of the preconditions is the immediate communication with migrants, since it is the manner for the NPM to obtain complete information on the position of migrants, protection of their rights and potential problems they face during the visits to the locations where migrants are accommodated. Therefore, it was agreed at the meeting to sign the corresponding Memorandum based on which the translators who would accompany the NPM representatives during the visit to migrants would be engaged.
UNHCR supported the efforts of the NPM to pay attention to unaccompanied minors, since some of them are still accommodated at the asylum centers, where, unlike social institutions, there is a prominent problem regarding their safety. The level of protection of minors which exists at social institutions is standardized and at a higher level than the one which exists at the asylum center, which is why, as they say, it is necessary to provide better surveillance of minors at the asylum centers if they are staying there.
The plan of the NPM is to visit by the end of the year the Asylum Center in Krnjača, reception centers in Šid, Principovac and Adaševci, the Konstantin the Great airport in Niš and institutions of social protection of home type where minor migrants are accommodated. This year the NPM started supervising the procedure of coercive removal of foreigners, but the number of coercively removals and the manner in which they would be performed is impossible to estimate, since the NPM activities depend on the information obtained by the Ministry of Interior immediately before the coercive removal.