Nearly 800 unaccompanied foreign minors in Serbia

'Guarantee education to reduce risk of violence and abuse'

19 May, 10:53

    BELGRADE - Nearly 800 of the approximately 7,000 migrants currently in Serbia are unaccompanied foreign minors, the Serbian authorities have said.
    "Serbia is the only European country on the Balkan route to have issued a directive for all social workers in order that all migrants who are minors might have someone to look after them and it be clear which centre for assistance they have been entrusted to," deputy labour and social affairs minister Nenad Ivanisevic said. Roughly 6,000 migrants are living in dedicated reception centres in Serbia, while over 700 are on the move around the country, Ivanisevic continued. In addition, approximately 3,200 migrants in Serbia are minors, said country UNICEF representative Michel Saint-Lot, adding that almost one in three is unaccompanied. "It is extremely important to secure access to education for these children" to reduce their exposure to the risk of violence, abuse and exploitation, including of a sexual nature, he added. 

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