List of authorities intervening in each stage of the procedure

Serbia

Country Report: List of authorities intervening in each stage of the procedure Last updated: 30/11/20

Author

Belgrade Centre for Human Rights Visit Website

 

Stage of the procedure

Competent authority (EN)

Competent authority (SR)

Decision on entry[1]

Foreigners’ Department

Odeljenje za strance / Одељење за странце

Application

Asylum Office

Kancelarija za azil / Канцеларија за азил

Refugee status determination

Asylum Office

Kancelarija za azil / Канцеларија за азил

Appeal procedure

  • First appeal
  • Onward appeal

 

Asylum Commission

Administrative Court

 

Komisija za azil / Комисија за азил

Upravni sud / Управни суд

Subsequent application

Asylum Office

Kancelarija za azil / Канцеларија за азил

 

In Serbia, the Security Information Service (BIA) is also allowed to conduct security checks, based on which an application for international protection can be rejected. This was applied in one case concerning a Libyan family who had their asylum applications rejected because they were on the list of individuals whose presence on Serbian territory posed a threat to national security. The family has complained before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) that their expulsion to Libya would violate Articles 2 and 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) due to their political affiliation, and under Article 13 ECHR due to an alleged lack of effective remedy in Serbia.[2]

 

 


[1] Formally speaking, the Border Police is not authorised to refuse entry to any person seeking asylum.

[2] ECtHR, A. and Others v. Serbia, Application No 37478/16, 30 June 2016, available at: https://bit.ly/33xHp4r.

 

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