‘Reuters’ reports that Serbia is having a difficult time providing for the influx of asylum seekers and as a result hundreds of asylum seeks are living in the forests without basic amenities. Serbia’s two asylum centres are at capacity which has led to an increased concern for the large number of people living in the forests as winter is approaching. The number of asylum seekers in Serbia has increased from 52 in 2008 to 4,000. The increased number of asylum seekers coming into Europe through the Balkans is the result of tighter EU regulation on migration through the Mediterranean region. Attempts by the Serbian government to build a third asylum centre have stalled and Serbia is finding it difficult to cope with such numbers of asylum seekers.
Rising tide of asylum seekers spills into Serbian forests
03 Dec 2013