Number of staff and nature of the determining authority

Serbia

Country Report: Number of staff and nature of the determining authority Last updated: 30/11/20

Author

Belgrade Centre for Human Rights Visit Website

 

Name in English

Number of staff

Ministry responsible

Is there any political interference possible by the responsible Minister with the decision making in individual cases by the determining authority?

Asylum Office

23

Ministry of Interior

  No

The Asylum Office is responsible for examining applications for international protection and competent

to take decisions at first instance. In line with the Rulebook on the internal organisation and systematisation of positions in the Ministry of Interior, which established the Asylum Office on 14 January 2015, there should be 29 positions within the Asylum Office.

Currently, there are a total of 23 staff, of which:

Asylum Office staff: 2019

Position

Number

Head of the Asylum Office

1

Deputy of the Head of the Asylum Office

1

Country of Origin Information Officers

3

Registration Officers (Krnjača and Banja Koviljača Asylum Centres)

2

Asylum Officers

13

Administrative Officers

3

Total

23

Thus, 15 asylum officers are in charge of the asylum procedure, a significant improvement in comparison to the previous years. Out of the 13 Asylum Officers responsible for deciding on applications for international protection, 9 have between 5 years and 10 years of experience. Their decisions must further be confirmed by the Head of the Asylum Office. The increase of the capacity of the first instance body has improved the effectiveness of asylum procedures in terms of more timely conduct of asylum interviews.

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