According to the UNHCR estimates, the number of refugees and migrants in Serbia remained the same amounted to about 3,600 persons of concern, of which around 3,000 were located in state asylum centres and reception centres by the end of the month. Most of the refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants were accommodated in the reception centres in Obrenovac (778), Adasevci (290) and Principovac (234) and also in the asylum centre in Krnjaca (527). Most people are originally from Afghanistan and Iran. Among them most are men (66%), then children (25%) and women (9%).

During May, most intentions for seeking asylum, out of 1,174 in total, were expressed in police stations (1,128). There were 22 intentions registered at border crossings, 19 at Belgrade Airport and five at the Asylum Office.

During May, among individuals who expressed the intent to seek asylum in Serbia the majority were from Pakistan (463), Afghanistan (295), Iraq (143), Bangladesh (109) and Syria (77). Individuals from Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Burundi, Eritrea, Georgia, India, Iran, DR Congo, Cuba, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Russia, Somalia, Tunisia and Turkey also expressed the intent to seek asylum. Out of the total number of asylum seekers, 1,111 were males and 63 females. The intention to seek asylum was expressed by 244 children, out of which 86 were unaccompanied or separated.

In accordance with the law, 19 asylum applications were submitted in person and three in writing, while the Asylum Office conducted 12 interviews in the asylum procedure.

In regard to first instance decisions in the asylum procedure, the Asylum Office granted subsidiary protection to two person from Iran and two persons from Pakistan. The Asylum Office made four decisions rejecting asylum applications for three citizens of Bulgaria and three citizens of Iran.

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