Regional Office in South Eastern Europe


Operation: Opération: Regional Office in South Eastern Europe



Latest update of camps and office locations 21  Nov  2016. By clicking on the icons on the map, additional information is displayed.

Key Figures

2017 planning figures
13,270 people of concern assisted with legal aid to realize their rights
11,703 of people at risk of statelessness assisted with documentation  
2,700 people of concern will receive cash grants and some 10,000 people with specific needs will receive in-kind support
86% of known SGBV survivors will receive appropriate support
60% of households will live in adequate dwellings
2015 end-year results
60% of households lived in adequate dwellings
537 households received core relief items
759 people of concern received production kits or inputs for agriculture, livestock, or fisheries activities
90% of primary school-aged children were enrolled in primary education, and 47% in secondary education
2,456 people of concern received cash grants, while 10,614 people with specific needs received non-cash support
80% of known SGBV survivors received appropriate support
2,565 people received psychosocial support
6 reception centre buildings were improved or maintained
239 people with undetermined nationality were assisted with confirmation of nationality and 2,111 people of concern had their naturalization facilitated
413 stateless persons assisted with acquisition of nationality

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

2015 442,321


[["Refugees",44535],["Refugee-like situation",171],["Asylum-seekers",1006],["IDPs",318326],["Returned IDPs",545],["Returned refugees",350],["Stateless",14129],["Others of concern",63259]]
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Regional Office in South Eastern Europe

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Year-end Overview

UNHCR’s Regional Office for South-Eastern Europe covers activities in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo (S/RES/1244 (1999)), and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

In 2016, support was provided to the authorities in selecting some 3,400 families respectively under the Regional Housing Programme (RHP). In 2017 this work will continue in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia. The operational engagement of UNHCR in these programmes is planned to continue until the end of 2017.

In Albania, UNHCR will continue to support the Directorate for Asylum to facilitate access to territory and status determination procedures for people of concern. Border monitoring missions will be conducted regularly in light of the increase in the number of refugees and migrants in transit. UNHCR plans to further strengthen relations with the Government, including with respect to emergency preparedness.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, UNHCR will build on the work of the 2014-2016 EU-funded multi-stakeholder project on the “Revised strategy of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the implementation of Annex VII of the Dayton Peace Agreement” to extend the same structured teamwork approach to solutions to additional municipalities. The methodology developed under the project aims to ensure that displaced people have unhindered access to rights, social protection, self-reliance initiatives and housing. UNHCR is also supporting the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina in its implementation of the “Closing of Collective Centres and Alternative Accommodation through provision of public housing solutions” (CEB II) project to find durable housing solutions and facilitate the closure of some 120 collective centres in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  In an effort to align the country’s national legal framework with the European Union acquis, a new law on foreigners was adopted and a new law on asylum was in the final stage prior to adoption as at the end of 2016.

UNHCR’s strategy in Montenegro focuses on facilitating local integration for refugees in the country. It is anticipated that solutions for remaining displaced populations can be achieved through the RHP if a positive dialogue with all the relevant actors on the remaining needs and priority groups   can be sustained.  Authorities in Kosovo (S/RES/1244 (1999)) and Montenegro are working closely together to obtain missing civil status documents and are committed to the Joint UNHCR-OSCE Regional Initiative for Durable Solutions for Displaced Persons from Kosovo (S/RES/1244 (1999)), known as the Skopje Process. UNHCR will continue to advocate with the authorities and with the European Union Delegation the need to adopt a comprehensive, strategic, government-led approach to regularize the status of people who have been displaced for many years.

In Serbia, UNHCR’s efforts have shifted from emergency response to ensuring protection, undertaking detention and border monitoring, and strengthening the asylum system.  In addition, as part of the action plan for the closure of collective centres, packages of building materials, consisting of the basic construction items which meet legal and construction conditions/regulations, will be provided to some 130 displaced Roma families (approximately 650 individuals). UNHCR will also advocate durable solutions for IDPs including both voluntary return and local integration.

In Kosovo (S/RES/1244 (1999)), UNHCR has sought to strengthen its support for those displaced within and from Kosovo (S/RES/1244 (1999)). UNHCR is pursuing solutions for the remaining caseload more comprehensively, including in the context of the Skopje Process, through which countries affected by displacement from Kosovo (S/RES/1244 (1999)) have adopted a set of joint principles and agreed priority actions in respect to achieving durable solutions by the displaced population. UNHCR will continue to provide assistance for the return or integration of the most vulnerable cases, for whom it is planned that solutions will be implemented by the end of 2017.

In the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, UNHCR’s main focus has shifted emergency humanitarian assistance to protection monitoring and strengthening the asylum system. In parallel, the Office is focusing its efforts on finding solutions for the remaining refugees from Kosovo (S/RES/1244 (1999)).