BELGRADE – Around 230 unaccompanied migrant children (UMC) have been registered in Serbia, State Secretary of the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy Nenad Ivanisevic said on Tuesday.

“As for the Balkan route, we managed to register around 200-230 children over the past year,” Ivanisevic told reporters at the opening of a conference titled “Support for UMC in Serbia”.

“Serbia is the first country that has sent binding guidelines to social care providers in early March last year, clearly defining the procedure concerning UMC,” Ivanisevic said, adding that thanks to the project financed by the Swiss government, Serbia would manage to raise its capacities in this field.

“In the last four years, Switzerland has earmarked CHF 4.3 million. The project relating to UMC is worth CHF 600,000 for 3.5 years, with the ministry as the direct partner and contractor in cooperation with NGOs and international organisations,” said Jovana Mihajlovic from the Office for Cooperation with Serbia at the Swiss Embassy.

The idea has been to ensure that Serbia applies the standards concerning the protection of UMC, as part of the Action Plan for Chapter 24 of entry negotiations, Mihajlovic said.