“Urgent Response to Migration Crisis in Serbia“
funded by Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and realised by the Danish Refugee Council
The official opening of completed rehabilitation works of Phase II in the One stop Centre in Presevo was organised on 16 February 2016 by the Representatives of the Government Working Group of the Republic of Serbia with the presence of Royal Norwegian Embassy, UNHCR, Danish Refugee Council and other agencies, responding to the most urgent needs of migration influx to Serbia
The opening ceremony was attended by the Minister of Interior of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Nebojsa Stefanovic, Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy Mr. Aleksandar Vulin, Norwegian Ambassador Mr. Arne Sannes Bjornstad, UNHCR Representative Ms. Francesca Bonelli and Danish Refugee Council Program Manager Ms. Verica Recevic.
The project “Urgent Response to Migration Crisis in Serbia” is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and implemented by the Danish Refugee Council in very close coordination and with high support from the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy. The completed project works have enabled an increased accommodation capacity for up to 350 persons within the two rehabilitated Family pavilions and the Child Friendly Space. Supporting premises such as a Infirmary, Laundry room and Warehouse were also established and properly equipped for given purposes. The completed premises will enhance the reception and living conditions for refugees arriving in Presevo and provide them with safe and decent stay, enhancing the capacities for direct response in Serbia.
Phase I of rehabilitation works was finalised in mid-December 2015, funded as well by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, enabling accommodation conditions for up 180 individuals and reception conditions for additional 150 individuals who after days of travelling hardships arrived to Serbia.
DRC will soon commence the works on III Phase thanks to the UNHCR funding, which will involve rehabilitation of multipurpose surface equipped with the sanitary block for accommodation of additional 350 persons as well as enhanced reception capacity.