UNHCR: 1,500-2,000 refugees in Serbia

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BELGRADE – UNHCR Representative in Serbia Hans Friedrich Schodder said Wednesday that 1,500-2,000 refugees remain in Serbia in the wake of the closure of the Balkan migrant route at midnight.

The number of refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan in Serbia is limited – we are not talking about thousands of people, he told Tanjug.

What the refugees who remain in Serbia need the most now is information on ways to solve their status and access legal protection, he said.

Their options are to obtain refugee status in Serbia, return to their countries of origin voluntarily, or take part in a reunion programme for separated families, Schodder said.

The UNHCR will help Serbia treat refugees humanely, he said.

After the closure of the Balkan route, more and more refugees will seek other, irregular routes and assistance from smugglers and other criminals, he said.

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