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Stylianides: More aid for refugees in Serbia

Christos Stylianides in Adaševci, Serbo-Croatian border

BELGRADE – The European Union will allocate additional four million Euros for feeding the refugees in the collective centers in Serbia, said the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides, who together with the Serbian Minister of Labour and Social Policy Aleksandar Vulin visited the collective center in Krnjača at Belgrade, the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia said in a statement published on theirwebsite.

The European Commissioner said that the situation with refugees has changed in the past year, when he last visited Serbia, and that now these people stay in Serbia longer than before, reads the statement. Stylianides considers that it is therefore necessary to open more collective centers, states the Delegation.

He thanked the Government of Serbia and the citizens for the solidarity and assistance to the refugees, and stressed that the European Union stands by Serbia.

Stylianides emphasised that the EU gave more than 20 million Euros just for humanitarian assistance to Serbia and that the help in dealing with the refugee crisis arrived also from other EU funds.

Vulin said that Serbia will not build new collective centers, that there is room for all who are looking for accommodation and that in all centers there are over 6,000 people. He also said that in Belgrade there are around 1,200 refugees on the streets and that they may ask accommodation in any of the collective centers, reads the statement.

Vulin said that the Serbian government will continue to assist the migrants and that assistance will be provided to those who have applied for asylum, but also to those who did not.

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