Serbia requests additional EU funds


BELGRADE – Serbia’s Minister for European Integration Jadranka Joksimovic on Thursday sent a letter requesting additional EU funds to help solve the problem of the migrant crisis in Serbia.

Joksimovic sent the letter to the Director for Western Balkans of the European Commission Directorate General for Enlargement, Genoveva Ruiz Calavera, pointing to the challenges Serbia is facing amid a greater influx and longer stays of migrants in Serbian territory and a necessity of ensuring additional funds to care for them, the Serbian government press office said in a statement.

The fact that the number of migrants is increasing day by day despite the closing of the Balkan route makes this a special challenge that requires coordinated efforts by all partners, read the letter, which urged additional financial assistance from the EU’s Madad fund.


  1. Serbia should not be allowing them in in the first place. The countries beyond Serbia do not want them, so Serbia will be stuck with those it lets in, unless it sends them back.
    ALL of them went through an EU country (Greece, Bulgaria) before entering Serbia, so Serbia should send them back to one of them or where they entered Serbia from Macedonia. If they are not granted asylum within a certain time frame they should be sent back. The non-Syrians especially were not even invited by Merkel: she specifically said Syrians. So I don’t understand why Serbia kept allow them in and giving them 3-day legal passes as well as free train/bus rides.