OVERVIEW

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 after World War Two. There are approximately 28 000 refugees living in Serbia today, with the decrease in the number resulting from their integration in the Republic of Serbia. The majority of refugees opted to stay and permanently settle in Serbia after acquiring citizenship, whereas a number of them returned and the rest decided to move to other countries.

For 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 needs. Serbia played an important role in promoting a regional initiative that resulted in the establishment of the Regional Housing Programme (RHP). As of June 2018, RHP has already provided housing to 2 000 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, as per its original scope, provide durable housing solutions to 16 780 vulnerable refugee households or 45 000 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.

SUB-PROJECTS IN SERBIA

Sub-project SRB1

Provision of 64 prefabricated houses and 129 building material packages for 193 households

Sub-project SRB2

Support to 870 refugee families through four different housing modalities

Sub-project SRB3

Support to 715 refugee families through four different housing modalities

Sub-project SRB4

Support to 1 233 refugee families through four different housing modalities

Sub-project SRB5

Support to 1 712 refugee families through three different housing modalities

Sub-project SRB7

Provision of minimum 490 housing solutions for beneficiaries selected under sub-projects SRB2, SRB4, SRB5

Sub-project SRB8

Provision of 938 housing solutions (new construction, pre-fabs, building material, village houses)

Sub-project SRB9

Provision of 900 housing solutions (new construction and purchase of apartments, pre-fabs, building material, village houses)

Serbia Factsheet - October 2018

IMPLEMENTING STRUCTURE



LEAD INSTITUTION

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

PIU provides assistance to KIRS and carries out activities such as establishing 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.

USEFUL INFO FOR BENEFICIARIES

Find out by contacting the RHP Lead institution:

Commissariat for Refugees and Migration of the Republic of Serbia
Narodnih heroja 4, Novi Beograd
+381 11 311 72 72
rhpsrb@kirs.gov.rs
www.kirs.gov.rs

CONTACT

Commissariat for Refugees and Migration

of the Republic of Serbia

Narodnih heroja 4, Novi Beograd
+381 11 311 72 72
rhpsrb@kirs.gov.rs
www.kirs.gov.rs

Vladimir Cucic, Commissioner

Public Sector Projects Implementation

Unit Ltd. Belgrade

Veljka Dugosevica 54, Beograd
+381 11 308 87 95
rhpsrb@piu.rs
www.piu.rs

Dragan Katuca, Director