Child Protection

Wednesday 18 December 2019

“We spent the war years in Syria, but we couldn’t stay there anymore”

Over 47,000 new arrivals were registered in the Balkans in first nine months of 2019. While Syrians made majority of the arrivals in 2015 and 2016, their number dropped in subsequent years, only to increase from autumn of 2019.

Wednesday 11 December 2019

Reports about push backs and violence against children at the Western Balkans borders: July - September 2019

More than one third of refugee and migrant children encountered in Serbian capital Belgrade in period July – September 2019 reported about being pushed back from some border during their journey through Balkans route. Almost half of these children testified about experiencing violence or witnessing violence during expulsion.

The number of reports of violent push backs increased in comparison to the first half of the year, when around one third of push backs involving children were reportedly violent.

Friday 11 October 2019

“The things shouldn’t be as they are only because someone who is grown up said so”

Isabel* and her parents left Cuba in late 2017 and arrived in Serbia, where the family asked for asylum. Their first shelter was the asylum centre in Bogovađa and the girl made her first friends in local school.

Thursday 3 October 2019

Open letter: Our obligation to protect the rights of children of BiH foreign fighters currently detained in Syria and Iraq

In view of the persisting dangers and mounting humanitarian needs in areas of armed conflict, we express our profound concern...

Wednesday 14 August 2019

Reports about push backs and violence against children on the move at the Western Balkans borders: January - June 2019

Every third case of push backs of children collected in the first half of 2019 reportedly involved violence.