Supporting Refugees and Migrants
The number of migrants and refugees in Bosnia and Serbia has risen sharply since 2015. These nations are part of the Balkan Route to reach Europe. Most people are from the Middle East, Asia and North Africa. They are fleeing violence or searching for economic opportunities.
Our programs in Belgrade reach thousands of refugees and migrants each year. They include information and referrals to other service providers; spaces to charge phones and use the internet; translation help; access to education and classes; and events for women and girls.
As Bosnia saw a spike in new arrivals in 2018, we expanded our work to help here, too. Now, we work near the Croatian border to provide classes, legal support and supplies. We focus on protecting unaccompanied and separated children as well as young adults under 21.
In both nations, we are working to realize our vision of a world where everyone has a safe place to call home.
“I only dream about living without shame and without fear.”
This story was written by Irena Abdelalem Abdelmaksoud, a protection officer who specializes in working with unaccompanied children at CWS partner Info Park in Belgrade, Serbia. All comments are the opinions of the author or speaker. Yousef* is a 26-year-old who comes from Lattakia, Syria. He was a teenager when the Syrian war started. He said that at that time …
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