BELGRADE – Serbia will not build new reception centers for refugees but will rather seek to renovate the existing facilities for temporary accommodation, Serbian Commissioner for Refugees and Migrations Vladimir Cucic has said.
We expect that the upcoming period of cold weather will slow down the refugees and their journey through Serbia is likely to last seven to eight days instead of 30 hours, Cucic said for Radio and Television of Serbia on Sunday evening.
Therefore, Serbia intends to furnish the existing facilities for temporary accommodation, he said.
“We think that it makes sense to invest in and renovate the existing facilities that will later be left to local communities,” Cucic said, stressing that later these facilities could serve as youth centers and for other purposes.
He stated that the government has already adopted an operation plan for furnishing the existing facilities, adding that at this point accommodation is available for 3,000 refugees.
According to the official data, about 200,000 refugees and migrants from the Middle East and North Africa have passed through Serbia to date, and over 170,000 have been registered.