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Migrants can no longer stay in central Belgrade

The reception center for migrants in Sid, northwestern Serbia, is closing, while migrants currently staying in downtown Belgrade will soon be relocated. Ministry of Labor, Social and Veteran Affairs State Secretary Nenad Ivanisevic announced this, noting that the Commissariat for Refugees has drawn up plans to transfer migrants from central areas of the capital to reception centers, and that they will work with NGOs to explain that “they can no longer stay there, that it makes no sense.”

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Serbia Moves Refugees From Sid Following Campaign

After locals in the Serbian border town of Sid complained of threats to their safety, authorities are removing refugees from a centre located near the town’s train station. At least 60 refugees will be transported this week out of a centre in Sid, near the Croatian border, after locals petitioned for their removal, complaining that they were a safety risk.Hundreds of refugees have been already transported from the centre, Serbia’s State Commissioner for Refugees, Vladimir Cucic told BIRN.

ARD: Wird Serbien Europas größtes Flüchtlingscamp?

Ungarische Polizisten haben mir die Hände gebrochen und meine Freunde und mich verprügelt“,  erzählt der 19- jährige Ahmad in gebrochenem Englisch. Und dann zeigt er seine Handgelenke. Die Knochen sehen deformiert aus. Ahmed ist in Pakistan geboren. Aus der Region Punjab hat er es bis an die ungarisch–serbische Grenze geschafft. Damit er überhaupt nach Europa gebracht wird, musste er einem Schlepper 10.000 Euro zahlen. Doch jetzt ist vorerst Endstation. An der ungarischen Grenze ist er stecken geblieben. Seit etwa fünf Monaten wohnt er  in einem Zelt am Stadtrand der serbischen Stadt Subotica, der ersten größeren Stadt hinter der ungarischen Grenze. „Ich bin schon zehnmal über den Zaun, hatte es nach Ungarn geschafft“, berichtet er. Dann haben die Polizisten mich und andere Flüchtlinge erwischt und zurückgeschickt. Und jedes Mal haben sie uns geschlagen“, berichtet der hochgewachsene, schlanke Mann. „Frauen und Kinder auch“. „Ich will in Europa ein gutes Leben haben“, beschreibt Ahmed den Grund seiner Flucht aus Pakistan. „Arbeiten. Egal wo. Österreich, Deutschland oder Italien“, sagt er. Nach Pakistan will er nicht mehr zurück. „Ich habe dort keine Zukunft“.

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Another refugee life lost on EU’s borders

In the night between February 2 and 3, Afghani national Rahmat Ullah Hanife (22) drowned in the Tisa River on the Serbian-Hungarian border. This was announced on Monday by Info Park – a refugee support network jointly launched by Fund B92 and Trag Foundation in Serbia. According to Info Park, Rahmat Ullah tried to cross the frozen river with the group of 15 refugees and migrants who were organized by a smuggler from Pakistan, charging 2,000 EUR each for this extremely risky attempt to reach the European Union.  The group also included six minors, aged 10-17. The smuggler divided them into groups and lead them to the river where he encouraged them to walk across ice towards village Horgos in Hungary. Rahmat Ullah was second in line when the ice broke under their feet.

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Restrictions for migrants in Belgrade

The migrants who reside in reception center in Obrenovac, a municipality in the City of Belgrade, would be allowed to go out from it only with the appropriate permits, minister Aleksandar Vulin announced today. According to Radio-television of Serbia (RTS), Vulin refereed to “Incident, when the group of migrants attacked a woman in Obrenovac”, saying that tougher checks have been introduced; he said “adequate restrictions on migrants movement were applied to improve the security of both migrants and local population”. The number of deployed policemen has been increased while “the situation” in the reception center is “calm”, according to RTS. “The migrants would be allowed to leave the center and come back at a defined time only with adequate permits”, Vulin said. “Of course, they should get legitimation that could be accepted also by other institutions”, he went on. Vulin acknowledged that, since this morning, a special bus started to work. Namely, it will directly transfer migrants from Obrenovac reception center to Belgrade reception center “without meddling with the local population”, the minister said.

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