EU Contribution: 15,200,000 EUR
National Co-financing: 1,300,000 EUR
Private contribution : 650,000
Commissariat for Refugees and Migrations of the Republic of Serbia
Office of Kosovo and Metohija of the Republic of Serbia
Local self-government units
Refugees, IDPs, returnees under readmission agreements
The Republic of Serbia (RS) still provides refuge to some 74,500 refugees and 210,000 IDPs. The worsening socioeconomic situation within the RS has particularly affected vulnerable social groups. The EC Analytical Report 2011 accompanying Commission Opinion on Serbia’s application for membership of EU qualifies the situation of refugees and IDPs as particularly worrying. It states that the number of CCs has been gradually reduced, but that significant numbers of refugees and IDPs are still accommodated in poor conditions. Around 97,000 of the IDPs remain in need of assistance for housing, employment and personal identification documents. With the arrival of numerous returnees expected upon implementation of Readmission Agreements, the RS is obliged to provide sustainable housing solutions to additional returnees. To ensure the full observance of the returnees’ human rights and to facilitate their reintegration and social inclusion, it will also be necessary to provide for their basic living conditions. Special attention will be paid to extremely vulnerable individuals. The project will also provide necessary assistance to IDPs considering the return to Kosovo.
Adequate living conditions and integration of forced migrants who choose to stay in Serbia, while supporting the sustainable return of those wishing to return to Kosovo, specifically:
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in 2010 and 2011 financed a project with the objective to collect data and establish a database of relevant information regarding returnees and their needs.
From 2008 to 2011, the Commissariat for Refugees has allocated a total of EUR 7.1m from the national budget toward the implementation of LAPs.
The UNHCR and bilateral donors (USA and Germany) have also provided resources to assist in resolving the housing concerns of refugees and IDPs.
“Joint Programme for Priority Durable Solutions for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons – Regional Cooperation”: this regional programme is agreed between four countries in the region with the aim to comprehensively contribute to a substantive completion of the protracted displacement situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia and Serbia