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The director of the Centre for assistance to asylum seekers declares to the newspaper Blic that the Serbian asylum system is not functional. The number of asylum seekers rose sharply (2055 in the first quarter of 2014 against 5065 for the entire year 2013). The number of places in reception centers has been doubled, but it is to go from 250 to 500, which is totally undersized. The procedure does not work. In 2013, only 4 people were granted asylum applications for 5065. No one who has filed an application in 2014 has been recognised as refugee.

French article on the blog Serbie droits humains:

http://serbie-droitshumains.blogspot.fr/2014/04/2055-personnes-ont-demande-lasile-au.html

 

Pentax Digital CameraBanja Koviljaca, reception center for asylum seekers, March 2012.