The Commissariat for Refugees and Migrations of Serbia is mandated with providing material reception conditions to asylum seekers and persons granted asylum in Serbia.1
Persons seeking asylum in Serbia have a right to accommodation at an asylum centre.2
Asylum seekers have the right to stay at a private residence if they can afford to do so. However, they are obliged to notify the Asylum Office and obtain permission beforehand or they will be considered to have absconded from the asylum procedure. Persons issued a certificate of having expressed the intention to seek asylum in Serbia are expected to present themselves at the centre indicated via a central mechanism between the Ministry of the Interior and the Commissariat for Refugees and Migrations so as to be registered and submit an asylum application, but consistent practice so far has shown that persons interested in finding their own accommodation need only notify the Asylum Office of their address within the 72-hour deadline foreseen by the certificate in order for this requirement to have been fulfilled. Should this be the case, the Asylum Office will usually schedule the registration, submission of an asylum application and hearing in that individual’s case in the local police station.
In late 2016, the Ministry of Interior requested that civil society representatives working with asylum seekers and refugees direct persons likely in need of international protection to express the intention to seek asylum and be accommodated in asylum centres.