More Than a Million Migrants from Asia, Africa Pass Through Serbian Territory in Recent Years | Beta Briefing

More Than a Million Migrants from Asia, Africa Pass Through Serbian Territory in Recent Years

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News / Politics | 20.06.24 | access_time 11:59

Migrants, Belgrade, Jan.1 2017(BETAPHOTO/EMIL VAS/MO)

The Commissariat for Refugees and Migration stated on June 20 that more than a million migrants from Asia and Africa had over the past several years passed through Serbian territory and that the reception and asylum centers managed by the Commissariat currently accommodated 475 migrants, mostly from Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Morocco.

The statement adds that 374,162 Ukrainian nationals have passed through Serbia since the conflict between Russia and Ukraine broke out.

On the occasion of World Refugee Day, June 20, Commissioner for Refugees and Migration Natasa Stanisavljevic said that a total of 53,407 families of refugees and internally displaced persons had received some form of support from the Serbian authorities, while most of those people had fled the former republics of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Kosovo and Metohija.

Stanisavljevic told BETA that since 2016, some 1,800 migrant and refugee children had passed through Serbia's education system, including kindergartens, elementary and high schools, adding that they had managed to integrate into society.

She recalled that during the wars in the territory of the former Yugoslavia, Serbia had received 618,000 people, and added that 24,862 individuals still had refugee status.

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