PRESEVO – More than 2,000 refugees and migrants from the Middle East are waiting to be registered at the reception center in Presevo, southern Serbia, where according to official records around 400 people have been accommodated.

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A large number of men, women and children from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries have arrived in Presevo last night, and activists of the Red Cross, international relief organizations and volunteers are working around the clock to meet the needs of the rising number of those who need their help.

“Around 3,000 refugees have arrived by midnight, and more than 2,000 of them are still waiting in front of the center to be registered,” spokesperson of the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration Ivan Miskovic told Tanjug.

He said that around 400 people are currently accommodated in the center, adding that all the services are working non-stop to provide the necessary assistance to all the refugees.

The refugees at the reception center in Presevo have come from Macedonia through Miratovac where a temporary tent camp has been set up to provide shelter and emergency medical assistance to those in need.

The refugees also enter the country from Bulgaria, mostly in the municipalities of Dimitrovgrad, Negotin and Bosilegrad, but the numbers there are considerably lower.