Serbia

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We’ve been working in Serbia since 2016, providing refugees and migrants with access to healthcare.

Europe’s refugee and migrant crisis reached its peak in 2015.

Serbia became a transit country for thousands of people fleeing war and persecution. This Balkan route closed in early 2016, leaving thousands stranded in Serbia trying to move on to Hungary and eventually other areas of Europe such as France and Germany. The Hungarian authorities only allow 30 people a day to cross the border into Hungary, forcing many to try and make the journey illegally. If caught, many are violently assaulted, arrested and sent back to Serbia. It is estimated that over 6,000 refugees and migrants are stranded in Serbia today.

6,300

Refugees in Serbia today

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Asylum centers across the entire country

18,000

Refugees supported in 2016

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In Serbia, it is extremely difficult for refugees to access healthcare, and Serbian authorities and NGOs are struggling to cope with the large numbers. Our teams work to support the health infrastructure in the country by providing primary healthcare out of mobile clinics in Sid, Subotica and Belgrade. Our teams consist of doctors, nurses, psychologists, and interpreters. According to DotW’s Dr. Bojana Bojanic working in Belgrade, most patients come from the camps near Belgrade or the city’s streets.

“About 20% of the refugees we see return from the border with wounds inflicted by the Hungarian police.” – Bojana Bojanic, Doctors of the World Doctor

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Serbia is doing its best to aid refugees and migrants who pass through the country, but the sheer size of the refugee population threatens to overwhelm the country’s financial resources and infrastructure capacity especially as neighboring nations have closed their borders. This is why international aid, such as the medical and basic needs care that Doctors of the World provides to refugees across Serbia, is crucially important. Without access to care or adequate shelter, thousands of people are increasingly susceptible to illness.

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