Country Report

Country Report: Serbia Last updated: 10/07/24


Nikola Kovačević

This report was written by Nikola Kovačević, independent expert and human rights lawyer from Serbia and coordinator of Asylum and Migration Program at the Center for Research and Social Development IDEAS, with the help of the Initiative for Economic and Social Rights (A11), Center for Research and Social Development IDEAS, Psychosocial Innovation Network (PIN), Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and Council for Refugees and Asylum Seekers. The report was edited by ECRE.

This report draws on authors and the above-enlisted CSOs’ experience in providing legal, psycho-social and medical assistance to asylum seekers and refugees in Serbia, engaging with the asylum authorities and monitoring the respect for the right to asylum in the country.

The Report also draws on the findings and reports of other CSOs who are active in the field of asylum and migration in Serbia, such as Asylum Protection Center (APC), Belgrade Center for Human Rights, (BCHR), Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN), Center for Development of Social Policies (Klikaktiv),  Center for Peace Studies (CMS) and Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC), as well as the findings of regional and international human rights bodies, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees office in Serbia (UNHCR), European Commission and other relevant and credible sources.

The information in this report is up-to-date as of 31 December 2022, unless otherwise stated.


To access the updated report, you can navigate through the table of contents on the right end side or download the full report (in PDF) above.

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection