A Day in the Life of a Child Refugee in Belgrade

Eleven-year-old Abuzar from Baghlan province in Afghanistan traveled on his own to Serbia. This is his story.   „I am waiting to play the ‘game’, to cross this last border to Europe,“ said 11-year-old Abuzar with a resolute calmness, despite being on his own. Amid scores of men gathered around a fire to survive the […]

World Refugee Day, 20 June

Throughout the world, 20 of June is a day that marks the strength, courage and perseverance of some 21.3 million refugees, almost half of whom are children. On this day every year attention is focused on the position of refugees and displaced persons around the world, on the reasons for which they leave their countries […]

Two Years, Two Months, Two Weeks and Two Days

Towns of Kefraya and al-Fu’ah are located in the Northeastern Syria in the Idlib Governorate. According to the 2004 census, population of Kefraya was around 4,500, whereas al-Fu’ah had 10,000 inhabitants. However, population of these towns rose to 20,000 since the beginning of the conflict. The distance between Kefraya and al-Fu’ah, both Shia, is around […]

Protecting all children in migration: European Commission outlines priority actions

In recent years that has been a large increase in numbers of children fleeing their countries of origin and arriving on European territory. More than a third of all asylum seekers in the European Union are children. There has been a six-fold increase in the total number of child asylum applicants in the last six […]

ECtHR Decision in Case M.M. v. Bulgaria

On 8 June 2017, the ECtHR delivered its ruling in case M.M. v. Bulgaria, which concerned the detention and attempts to remove a stateless man of Palestinian origin to Syria. By this judgement, the Court confirmed its view on that detention must not be used arbitrarily and that it is necessary to provide lawful review […]

EU: Poland and Hungary should start accepting refugees

EU leaders agreed in September 2015 on the urgent relocation of more than 160,000 refugees from Greece and Italy in other Member States by September 2017. This decision was made as to reduce the pressure of increased number of refugees on the brittle asylum systems of countries on the edges of the EU and to […]

Deir ez Zor – Hostage of the Islamic State

Deir ez-Zor, located on the shore of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, is the largest city of Easter Syria and the capital of the eponymous province. As the seventh largest city in Syria, it was inhabited by 300,000 people prior to the conflicts. Its mixed population was comprised of Arabic, Kurdish, Armenian and Asyrian peoples. […]

Refugee Situation in Serbia in May 2017

The most recent UNHCR data shows that the number of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Serbia in the last days of May was 6,658. It is by seven hundred less than just a month before, and around a thousand less than the situation in March. More than six thousand persons or around 94 percent […]