State Secretary of the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran’s and Social Issues of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, Nenad Ivanišević, assessed on 24 August that the opening of the Asylum Info Centre in Belgrade is an example of how our country responds to the migrant crisis.
Ivanišević, present at the opening of the centre in Nemanjina Street in Belgrade, near the bus and railway station, noted that this facility will be equipped with computers, and it was also planned to be the place where humanitarian aid for migrants would be collected.
He explained that the Info Centre will provide migrants with the basic advice on where they can express their intent to seek asylum, information on the asylum system in Serbia, as well as on where they can receive medical assistance and other service information.
According to him, the space for this centre was provided by the municipality of Savski Venac, while the non-government organization “ADRA” provided interpreters for Arabic, Farsi and Urdu, as well as volunteers to work with migrants.
The state secretary assessed that the cooperation of Serbia with UNHCR is excellent, but that specific financial aid from the EU is expected, reminding that the state, according to the latest data, is spending 15,000 euros per day for migrants.
The head of the UNHCR office in Serbia, Hans Friedrich Schroeder, noted that he is satisfied with the opening of this centre, particularly since it was not the initiative of UNHCR or state authorities, but the cooperation of the civil sector and local authorities wishing to help.