BELGRADE – A very small number of refugees – 50-60 – have chosen to stay and live in Serbia instead of moving on, and now they should have the opportunity to contribute to Serbian society in a positive way, Hans Friedrich Schodder, the UNHCR chief in Serbia, said Thursday.

Today we continue the dialogue on possibilities available to refugees, Schodder told Tanjug, adding that the process of integrating refugees into society is a collective endeavour, where authorities work with civil society and the private sector in order to create possibilities, not only for refugees, but also for them to contribute to Serbian society.

Speaking at a roundtable “Serbia from transit to destination country”, Schodder said that the way forward is clearly stated in Serbia’s laws and the EU accession process, but that the UNHCR and its partners are trying to support it.