migration

Strengthening and Supporting Sustainable Return - funded by EUD

Focus area

 

Contribution to the achievement of the durable solutions for internally displaced persons by providing adequate support during return to Kosovo* . The project supports the priorities of the Government of the Republic of Serbia through established strategic framework, the National Strategy for solving the problems of Refugees and IDPs and Strategy for Sustainable Subsistence and Return.

Donor

Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia.

Objective

The Overall Objective of the Action is to support the sustainable return of internally displaced persons (IDPs) wishing to return to Kosovo*, promoting social and economic stabilisation.

The Specific Objective of the Action is to facilitate the internally displaced persons pursuing and achieving a sustainable return to Kosovo* by strengthening their employment opportunities.

The Action will target wide IDP population in Serbia through the implementation of the outreach campaign on return-related issues, covering private accommodation, as well as informal settlements/collective centres. Further, 90 IDPs will be economically strengthened to support sustainability of their return. At least 30 families (approx. 108 individuals) who are pursuing their return solution will be as well provided with technical and administrative assistance, referral to reconstruction agencies providing housing and reintegration solutions in Kosovo*, assistance kits and as well with return transport assistance according to their individual need. Attention will be devoted to encouraging women’s participation, as well as Roma social inclusion.

Beneficiaries

Internally displaced persons, including returnees under the Readmission.

Authorities involved

Office for Kosovo and Metohija of the Republic of Serbia, Commissariat for Refugees and Migrations of the Republic of Serbia, Local authorities, UNHCR Serbia, UNHCR Kosovo, Organisations and institutions in Kosovo*.


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Child Friendly Spaces / Mother and Baby Corners – support to refugee children - funded by UNICEF

Focus area

 

Project is providing psycho-social support, focusing on child friendly spaces and Mother-baby corners, early childhood development, non-formal education and support to formal education.

Child-Friendly SpacesCFS continued to provide a protected environment in which children can participate in organized activities like play, socializing, learn, and expressing themselves in addition to implementing indoor and outdoor activities/workshops – creative, imaginative, physical, communicative, and manipulative (games, sports, expressive/creative activities, life skills educational activities and other activities that promote child development/psychosocial well-being and coping skills). However, by adapting to a new situation related to prolonged stay, DRC / UNICEF teams utilize ECD principles into structured activities Mother-Baby Corners (MBC) continued to implement its activities with special focus on supportive care, education and counselling on breastfeeding and infant feeding; promoting, protecting and supporting optimal infant and young child feeding, baby food and water distribution and maintaining daily hygiene with as well a limited distribution of hygiene items. Having in mind that mothers and babies are staying in Serbia for even more than a year (in comparison to 2015 when beneficiaries stayed 24-72 hours), MBC has developed capacities to integrate ECD activities into nutrition program by stimulating and enhancing emotional responsiveness as an essential part of feeding activities.  Daily activities of the MBC are structured in a manner to assist the mothers / parents to establish the daily routine for children, create a behavioural pattern, and enforce habits related to nutrition, hygiene, health care, playing and leisure time. Daily schedules for the activities of the MBC have been established, introducing mothers to the rhythm of the meal, sets clear requirements for mothers and children, cup feeding etc.  Gender based violence undermines health, dignity, security and autonomy of its victims, however GBV often remains invisible due to culture of silence and even widespread acceptance of it in certain cultures. MBC is providing unique opportunity to tackle GBV as it is usually the only place in the asylum/reception centre that is available for women only and is permanently staffed with medical personnel. Non formal education – support to formal education. DRC team is organizing structured non formal educational activities aiming to develop skills, values and knowledge. Activities are organized in tailor-made manner, taking into account diversity of beneficiaries, different educational background, different native language, different interests etc. Non-formal education, as well as support for formal education is be carried out in three different manners, taking into account the different needs of the children and potential benefits for children and schools alike including workshops, structured non-formal classes and catch-up classes and support to formal education (on the class assistance). 

Donor

The United Nations Children's Fund - UNICEF

Objective

Psycho-social support, emergency supplies and access to protection and information rights to refugee children and their families provided through child friendly spaces and Mother-baby corners in up to 8 Reception Centers in Serbia, as well as reduction of consequences caused by prolonged insecurity suffered by children and their caretakers. Accesses to protection, refuge, nutrition support, non-formal educational programs and support to formal education are aimed to reduce basic insecurity and to reduce risk and vulnerability of targeted population.

Beneficiaries

Refugee children, mothers  and caretakers

Authorities involved

GovWG
Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy
Ministry of Health Republic of Serbia
Commissariat for Refugees and Migrations of the Republic of Serbia
Local authorities
Local Social Welfair centres
Local health centres

Publication / Download

My Safety and Resilience Girls Guide

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DRC joined the UNICEF team and partners in creating My Safety and Resilience Girls Pocket Guide. This Pocket-Guide defines the standards and guidelines our organizations elaborated to design, develop, implement and evaluate a girls’ empowerment program with the Roma communities and the migrants and refugees population in Serbia as well as in Bulgaria. When girls are given tools, space and encouragement, they are empowered to develop their voices in their communities and navigate the challenges of adolescence. Based on the UN definition adolescents comprised different age groups: early adolescence 10-14 and late adolescence 15-19. The age group 10-14 require different approach and set of skills from girls aged 15-19.

Enhancing Protection and Humanitarian Aid in fYRoM and Serbia - funded by ECHO

Focus area

Access to protection for the overall refugees population through a Human Rights based approach; basic humanitarian needs of most vulnerable refugees, asylum seekers and migrants addressed through distribution of NFIs; provision and improvement of reception and accommodation capacities through rehabilitation of GWG assigned locations/facilities; provision of vocational, educational and recreational activities in official and temporary reception centres for vunerable refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Serbia.

Donor

ECHO

Objective

The Overall Objective of the Action is to ensure emergency humanitarian aid and protection for vulnerable refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in the Western Balkans.
The Specific Objective of the Action is to enhance the provision of humanitarian assistance and protection, as well as to improve the reception capacities for vulnerable refugees in Serbia and fYRoM. The project will contribute to protection of basic human rights of refugees coming to Serbia as well as contribute to safety, health and dignity of reception conditions.

Beneficiaries 

Vulnerable refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in fYRoM and Serbia

Authorities
involved

Commissariat for Refugees and Migrations of the Republic of Serbia;
Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy

Enhancing the Response to the Refugee Crisis in Serbia - funded by EUD

Focus area

Rehabilitation of facilities/centres and provision of basic furniture; deployment/secondment of staff to the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration and the Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy; provision of accommodation to the various Government Institutions

Donor

Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia

Objective

The Overall Objective of the Action is to contribute to enhance the response to the refugee crisis in Serbia.
The Specific Objective is to support the Government of Serbia efforts to promptly respond to the refugee crisis, through provision of direct support to relevant National and Local Institutions as well as enhancing refugee reception capacities in the country. The Action will provide direct support to the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration, to the Migration WG as well as to other relevant national and local institutions in order to enhance national response. The Action will as well ensure rehabilitation of existing buildings in various locations in Serbia in order to upgrade refugee accommodation capacities.

Beneficiaries

Vulnerable mixed migration individuals entering the territory of the Republic of Serbia. Currently individuals entering Serbia are mainly coming from refugee producing countries, such as Syria, Afghanistan. The Action will mainly provide direct support/target the Commissariat for Refugee and Migration, the Migration WG and various national and local institutions dealing with migration enhancing their capacities of providing assistance to refugees/mixed migrants.

Support to Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Serbia - funded by UNHCR

Focus area

Enhancing the access of refugees/asylum seekers to their basic rights by provision of material assistance, basic medical care as well as psychosocial and educational support. In daily coordination with the Government Authorities, DRC and UNHCR are engaged in shelter/wash interventions aiming at improving the reception conditions in the various Refugee Aid Points in the country, health assistance, protection including child protection, information dissemination, provision of food and NFIs and planning winterization support.
Humanitarian needs will be met at the main entry and exit points, as well as along the journey along the country (e.g. Presevo, Vranje, Bujanovac, Dimitrovgrad, Bosilegrad, Zaječar, Nis, Belgrade, Subotica, Sid) through comprehensive aid delivery mechanism (storage and secondary distribution of F/NFIs to EVIs).

Donor

United Nations High Commesioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Objective

The overall objective of the project is to enhance the comprehensive assistance and protection response to the current refugee crisis affecting Serbia as well as the whole region.

Specific objectives of the project:

  • Ensure the direct provision of humanitarian support to refugees and persons in need transiting through/being in Serbia in close coordination with Government of Serbia Authorities;

  • Support the Government bodies/agencies in managing the efficient response to the refugee crisis.

Beneficiaries

Refugees in need, assylum seekers

Authorities
involved

Government Migration Working Group
Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy
Ministry of Health Republic of Serbia
Commissariat for Refugees and Migrations of the Republic of Serbia
UNHCR Serbia
Local authorities
Local Social Welfair centres