The Asylum Act does not contain any provisions detailing specific treatment of vulnerable asylum applicants. In practice, none of the persons placed under detention in the Shelter for Foreigners by a decision of the Asylum Office were vulnerable applicants, and it is impossible to foresee how such applicants may be treated in possible future cases.
It is possible for unaccompanied minors who have not yet expressed the intention to seek asylum in Serbia to be subjected to misdemeanour proceedings and sentenced to a short term in prison as adults as a result of faulty age assessment. Likewise, vulnerable persons who are potential asylum seekers have been detained at the airport without any preferential treatment.1
- 1. See Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, Right to Asylum in the Republic of Serbia 2014.