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Supporting Refugees, Migrants, and Asylum Seekers

Although Serbia is not the ultimate destination for the majority of migrants, it has become an epicenter of the migration flow through Europe. Over a million people have passed through Serbia since June 2015, and as of July 2019, there are about 4,200 refugees and migrants in the country.

Refugees and migrants in Serbia face overcrowded conditions and a lack of comprehensive health and dental care. Due to work permit restrictions and linguistic and cultural barriers, most are unable to integrate into the local community, and children cannot continue their educations past elementary school. Many are exposed to exploitation, violence, and human trafficking, while insecurity about their long-term prospects has contributed to persistent feelings of distress and anxiety.

RMF has been responding to the refugee crisis in Serbia since January 2016, by providing comprehensive protection and medical services, including emergency triage, to persons of concern. Our team works in and around the Belgrade city center and at Obrenovac Transit and Reception Centre, the second largest refugee camp in Serbia. We operate 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM five days a week at our mobile medical clinic located in Obrenovac, with a second medical team providing referrals for secondary and tertiary care institutions. From 2017 to 2018, we also provided services near the border with Croatia, operating the medical clinic at Adaševci Transit Centre from 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM, seven days a week.

Additional programs include a mobile dental clinic at Obrenovac Transit and Reception Centre—the first of its kind in Serbia—providing dental care for migrants, who previously only had access to emergency interventions. RMF Balkans also distributes hygiene kits at six camps throughout Serbia to help improve personal hygiene and prevent the spread of infectious diseases. To improve the residents’ quality of life, RMF renovated Obrenovac Transit and Reception Centre in 2018 and continues to maintain and use the renovated facilities to conduct cultural and empowerment activities.

RMF Balkans supports the government of Serbia in responding to the refugee crisis by filling gaps in medical service provision as directed by the Ministry of Health and by collaborating with other key partners working in the field, primarily those focused on medical, psychosocial, and humanitarian needs. Our doctors, interpreters, and drivers provide support to state medical institutions with capacity to increase the scale and scope of the current response. Due to the unpredictable nature of the crisis, our team remains mobile, flexible, and responsive, able to rapidly relocate to the areas in greatest need.

 

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    Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support

    Belgrade
    2016 - Present

    RMF has been responding to Europe’s refugee crisis since January 2016 by providing comprehensive protection and medical services to persons of concern.

    Please find more recent refugee and asylum seeker support updates under the specific programs on this page.

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    Mobile Medical Clinic

    Belgrade and Obrenovac
    2017 - Present

    To improve the wellbeing of migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers at Obrenovac Reception and Transit Centre, the RMF Balkans team provides primary healthcare services from 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM, five days a week, as well as referral, transportation, and cultural mediation services.

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    Mobile Dental Clinic

    Belgrade and Obrenovac
    2018 - Present

    RMF’s mobile dental clinic is the first and only mobile dental clinic in Serbia. In addition to providing comprehensive dental services, the project aims to inform and educate project beneficiaries on the importance of oral hygiene.

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    Obrenovac Refugee Camp Improvements

    Obrenovac
    2018 - Present

    RMF Balkans is improving the quality of life for refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers in Obrenovac Reception and Transit Centre through infrastructural renovation and ongoing maintenance and support.

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    Hygiene and Dignity Kits

    Obrenovac, Bogovađa, Krnjača, Banja Koviljača, Bosilegrad, Kikinda
    2017 - Present

    RMF Balkans distributes hygiene kits for men, women, and babies at 6 refugee camps throughout Serbia. This project has significantly improved hygiene at the camps and helped prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

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