JRS active since: 1994
Serbia hosts refugees from Croatia and Bosnia as well as internally displaced people (IDPs) from Kosovo. Like other Balkan countries, Serbia experienced an influx of refugees in 2015, but has since seen a decline after the closing of several borders in the region.
Our work in Serbia
JRS Serbia was established in 1994 to meet the needs of refugees and other forcibly displaced people who left their homes during the wars in Balkan region. JRS Serbia has since shifted to respond to refugees and asylum seekers fleeing from other regions of the world to Europe.
In Belgrade, JRS runs the Pedro Arrupe integration house for unaccompanied and separated children. JRS provides accommodation, food, clothes, and a safe environment for them to cope with their experience of displacement. There are many programmes offered at the house, including language classes, workshops, sports, and art activities.
JRS also responds to the most urgent needs of refugees who are living in dire conditions. JRS Serbia provides food, winter clothing, footwear, and basic medication. JRS also provides chargers and credit supplements for mobile phones so refugees can maintain contact with their families.