DRC's programming in Serbia began in 1993 and has grown out of DRC's comprehensive interventions in response to the large-scale forced migration resulting from the wars in the former Yugoslav republics triggered by the dissolution of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. During the so-called European migration crisis in 2015, DRC launched additional emergency relief operations to provide protection and assistance to persons of concern and support the Government of Serbia in tackling migration management challenges and responding to humanitarian needs. Since March 2022, DRC has been involved in supporting vulnerable persons arriving from Ukraine.
Since 1993, DRC has responded to humanitarian needs deriving from the wars in the former Yugoslavia. These have included an array of activities - from emergency responses, social rehabilitation, shelter, and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) to education, income generation, capacity building, repatriation to Croatia, and return to Kosovo.
In 2015, DRC expanded its programming and launched emergency relief operations responding to individual needs among vulnerable people arriving during the so-called European migration crisis. DRC continues to enhance livelihood conditions, improve access to health care and psychosocial support, and assist persons in need of legal aid, humanitarian protection, and access to basic rights.
Since early 2022, DRC has supported people arriving from Ukraine, offering Multi-Purpose Cash Assistance, legal aid, child protection, and gender-based violence prevention.
Core sectors Serbia
Source: | UNHCR
26 Jan 2023
Protecting Rights at Borders: Beaten, punished, and pushed back
12 Jan 2023
Protecting Rights at Borders (PRAB) - evidence of refugee and migrant pushbacks at EU borders
29 Dec 2022
Fleeing war in Ukraine - finding refuge in Serbia
16 Dec 2021
12,000 pushbacks in 2021 reflects worrying normalization of illegal practice
Why we are there
Anchored in interventions in the former Yugoslavia since 1993, DRC is a well-known actor in the region and has been able to continue to respond to post-conflict needs among people affected by the derived crises.
The arrival of people in Serbia in 2015, during what is often labelled as the Europeam migration crisis, led DRC to expand its programming and launch further emergency relief operations. This includes protection services and assistance to persons of concern, as well as supporting the Government of Serbia in tackling migration management challenges and responding to the increasing humanitarian needs.
What we do
DRC supports vulnerable individuals and communities affected by the Yugoslav conflict and its aftermath, as well as people on the move in Serbia. This entails engagement in the health sector, provision of psychosocial assistance, shelter support, cash-based assistance, and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) interventions. DRC's support aims to improve reception conditions in Transit, Reception and Asylum centers in Serbia, as well as access to protection services, and targets men, women and children at risk.
Working in collaboration with
Latter-Day Saint Charities
UNFPA in Serbia
UNHCR in Serbia
UNICEF in Serbia
US State Department
WHO in Serbia