Access to NGOs and UNHCR

Croatia

Country Report: Access to NGOs and UNHCR Last updated: 12/01/21

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UNHCR has access to all facilities where applicants are accommodated, namely the Reception Centres for Applicants for International Protection in Zagreb and Kutina and the Reception Centre for Foreigners in Ježevo and to Transit Reception Centres for Foreigners in Trilj and Tovarnik.

The Croatian Red Cross staff is present on a daily basis in the Reception Centre for Applicants for International Protection and can refer applicants to the relevant organisations or institutions which can provide information to them.

Lawyers of the Croatian Law Centre have access to both Reception Centres for Applicants for International Protection and the Reception Centre for Foreigners, where they provide free legal information. Croatian Law Centre lawyers are present in the Reception Centre for Applicants for International Protection in Kutina and in the Reception Centre for Foreigners when needed, and from May 2019 in the Reception Centre for Applicants for International Protection in Zagreb from Monday to Friday. Until May, they were present in the Reception Centre for Applicants for International Protection in Zagreb once a week.

The Centre for Peace Studies does not have access to Reception Centres for Applicants for International Protection in Zagreb and Kutina, so their activities were provided out of the Centres in the course of 2019.[1]

At the end of 2016 students from the Legal Clinic have started joining the Croatian Law Centres’ lawyers during counselling in the Reception Centre in Zagreb and this practice continued in 2019.

In the course of 2019, Are you Syrious did not have access to Reception Centres for Applicants of International Protection, however Are you Syrious renewed its cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Interior in autumn 2019.[2]

 


[1] Information provided by the Centre for Peace Studies, 24 December 2019.

[2]  H-alter, ‘Are You Syrious returns to Porin after nine months: "We have a lot to catch up on”’, 12 September 2019, available in Croatian at: https://bit.ly/2JKmOB3.

 

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX I – Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation