[Serbia] Roundtable “Protection of Unaccompanied and Separated Asylum-Seeking, Refugee and Migrant Children in Serbia” held on March 12th in Belgrade

19 Mar 2019

As unaccompanied and separated asylum-seeking, refugee and migrant children form a significant part of the refugee and migrant population who are still arriving in Serbia, the number of unaccompanied children is changing substantially and accounts for at least 10 per cent of the total migrant population. At present, there are around 400 children in Serbia who are identified as unaccompanied children, who need special attention and protection.

From the very beginning of the migration crisis, the Republic of Serbia has very seriously addressed this topic, and its practice towards the most vulnerable part of the migrant population, but also towards migrants and asylum seekers, is in general is a great example to other countries in the region.

With the aim of discussing experiences, highlighting examples of good practice, and further planning of the next steps, the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, together with UNHCR and UNICEF, organized a roundtable on March the 12th in Belgrade "Protection of Unaccompanied and Separated Asylum-Seeking, Refugee and Migrant Children in Serbia". Besides the above mentioned, the roundtable was attended by numerous relevant organizations who are working with refugees, migrants and asylum seekers on the territory of the Republic of Serbia.

The participants of the round table were, among others, Zoran Djordjevic, Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, as well as Sem Fabrizi, the Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia. At the end of the day, a consensus was reached among all relevant stakeholders about the steps that need to be taken in order to promote comprehensive child protection for refugee and migrant children through strengthening coordination and multisectoral approach.

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