BELGRADE – The trend of increasing number of refugees entering and passing through Serbia will continue, said UNHCR Representative in Serbia Hans Friedrich Schodder.

Illustration - AP Photo/ Marko Drobnjakovic
Illustration – AP Photo/ Marko Drobnjakovic

In an interview to Radio and Television of Serbia (RTS) late on Sunday, Schodder said that Serbia can rely on the assistance of the international community in addressing this problem, stressing that it is important to keep the borders open to migrants.

The majority of refugees only pass through Serbia on their way to Western and Northern Europe, and only a small number choose to stay in the country, the UNHCR representative in Serbia said.

He pointed out that compared to other countries; Serbia has raised its capacities for the registration of migrants, issuance of travel documents and distribution of humanitarian aid. On the other hand, procedures for those who want to stay in the country need to be improved and these persons should be granted refugee status as soon as possible, said Schodder.