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.
Finding an unexpected love of art
“Shiraz [Iran] is my city. I was born there, and I grew up there. When I would leave Shiraz, I always knew I would come back to my city. But today I’m not sure I will ever see Shiraz again,” says Mehrdad Azizi. Mehrdad comes from a family of five children. “When I was 12 years old, my father left …
CWS Launches New Program to Protect & Support Refugees & Migrants in Bosnia
In 2017, 758 refugees and migrants entered Bosnia and Herzegovina, hoping to reach western EU nations through Croatia. Since the start of 2018, the number jumped to over 23,000. As EU nations tightened their borders, Bosnia and Herzegovina became a safe haven for refugees and migrants. Most of the newly-arrived refugees and migrants are in the northwest, near the Croatian …
A ray of sunshine for refugee women in Serbia
Imagine an ordinary day in the life of a bright and determined 17-year-old girl. What do you think of? Is she doing her homework and working on college applications? Playing sports on her high school team? Spending time with her friends, or looking for internships? You probably didn’t think of a refugee camp, miles from home and everything familiar to …