Child Friendly Spaces - Support to Refugee Children - funded by UNICEF

Focus area


Since early June 2015, the number of persons of concern arriving in fYRoM and Serbia has increased dramatically, ranging from 6,000 to 8,000 (registered and unregistered) persons per day.  Since the beginning of 2015 up to the end of October, 342,883 personsexpressed intention to seek asylum in Serbia, predominantly originating from refugee-producing countries as Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia, which is a huge increase in comparison to the total number of registered asylum seekers in 2014 (16,490 persons).
Walking for many days under constant heat, refugees are frequently very tired and in need of food, water, medical services and basic reception facilities. Initially, there were many single men, but since recently huge number of families are coming with small children, including babies. Refugees often speak of traumatic experience, violence and abuse by police or locals at various points during their long journey.
Additional assistance is needed for particularly vulnerable categories of refugees/migrants, namely: small children, unaccompanied minors, pregnant women, persons with special needs and others in direct and immediate need for international protection. The child’s well-being is the result of different components: health, food and economical resources, as well as the type and quality of the caregiver-child relationship. If the living situation becomes unstable, such as in emergency contexts, there is a direct impact on the child’s growth and/or development. This is why, although providing just a transient accommodation for refugees, one stop refugee center can offer a child friendly space with contents that will support physical and psychological rehabilitation of children and their caregivers, primarily mothers.


The United Nations Children's Fund - UNICEF


The main objective of the project is to provide necessary psychosocial and basic material support to refugee children affected by the migration crisis in the region, offering as well access to protection and information to their mothers in need of international protection during their stay in the One Stop Centre in Presevo as well as in locations where the refugees are gathering like Belgrade and potentially Miratovac or another location based upon needs.


Refugee mothers and children

Authorities involved

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