June 2023 figures
Upon the break-up of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, the Republic of Serbia gave refuge to nearly 618 000 refugees from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. It was one of the largest exoduses since World War Two. There are approximately 28 000 refugees living in Serbia today, with the decrease in number resulting from their integration within the Republic of Serbia. While the majority of refugees opted to stay and permanently settle in Serbia after acquiring citizenship, a number returned and the remainder decided to move to other countries.
During all these years, the Republic of Serbia has been providing housing for the most-vulnerable refugee families in a concerted manner, financed from budget and donor funds. However, the funds available were disproportionate to the substantial needs. Serbia therefore played an important role in promoting a regional initiative that resulted in the establishment of the Regional Housing Programme (RHP). At end-March 2023, the RHP had provided housing to almost 7 000 most-vulnerable refugee families in Serbia.
The majority of refugees still present in Serbia consider local integration as the most suitable and accessible durable solution. The CHP in Serbia should provide durable housing solutions to 7 495 vulnerable refugee households or approximately 22 300 individuals, from the following two categories:
CATEGORY I (2%) includes all 1991-1995 refugees, regardless of their status, who are residents of collective centres or other forms of collective accommodation, either formal or informal ones.
CATEGORY II (98%) includes all 1991-1995 vulnerable refugees, accommodated privately and all former occupancy right holders without a durable solution in their country of origin or reception country.
March 2023 figures
SUB-PROJECTS IN SERBIA
Provision of 64 prefabricated houses and 128 building material packages for 192 households
Support to 898 refugee families through four different housing modalities
Support to 792 refugee families through four different housing modalities
Support to 1 344 refugee families through four different housing modalities
Support to 1 862 refugee families through three different housing modalities
Provision of minimum 516 housing solutions for beneficiaries selected under sub-projects SRB2, SRB4 and SRB5, and the design of 708 apartments
Provision of 857 housing solutions (new construction, pre-fabs, building material, village houses)
Provision of 1 116 housing solutions (new construction and purchase of apartments, pre-fabs, building material, village houses)Serbia Factsheet - March 2023
March 2023 figures
SERBIAN COMMISSARIAT FOR
REFUGEES AND MIGRATION (KIRS)
With regard to the RHP, KIRS is responsible for preparation of project proposals and their submission to CEB, selection of beneficiaries and subsequent signature of contracts with selected beneficiaries, conclusion of agreements with municipalities in projects where municipalities hold significant responsibilities (provision of land, infrastructure, permits etc.), and submission of procurement plans and monitoring reports to CEB.
PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION UNIT
PUBLIC SECTOR PROJECTS
IMPLEMENTATION UNIT LTD. BELGRADE
The PIU provides assistance to KIRS and carries out activities such as establishing a procurement and contract monitoring system, concluding agreements with municipalities, developing procurement plans, developing tender dossiers and conducting procurement, carrying out architectural and technical activities and providing technical consulting, as well as developing and managing grant schemes. It is also in charge of financial aspects and payments to contractors, etc.