Serbia: 83,000 refugees registered, 500 asked for asylum

18 August, 15:30

    (ANSAmed) - BELGRADE, 18 AUGUST - Serbia has so far registered 83,000 migrants and 500 of them applied for asylum in the country, Representative of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Unhcr) in Serbia Hans Schodder said Tuesday.

    Schodder said that around 130,000 refugees had arrived in Greece at the beginning of August, and almost all of them reached Serbia through Macedonia. These people come from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, and the majority of them are just transiting through Serbia, he added.

    Schodder said he was satisfied with the way the Serbian authorities treated migrants and added that the Serbian government was already making plans for the upcoming winter.

    It is difficult to predict what will happen in the coming months, as it also depends on Greece and countries of the Western Europe. There should be a legal way for these people to be able to go Western European countries, to be able to cross the border legally and to obtain certain legal protection, Schodder said.

    He said that Serbian citizens had been very tolerant towards refugees so far and he hoped that it would remain so. (ANSAmed) .

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