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Increased number of unaccompanied minor migrants on the northern borders of Serbia

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Horgoš, August 20, 2019 – During regular visits to open locations on the northern borders of Serbia, the APC / CZA mobile team consisting of a lawyer and a psychologist visited an open location in Horgos where about 20 refugees currently reside, mostly from Afghanistan. There is a significant increasing number of unaccompanied minor migrants at the location, compared to the previous period. At least half of the migrants present in the open location are unaccompanied minors.

The APC / CZA mobile team talked with migrants to assess their current psychophysical condition, provide psychological support to migrants who are often exposed to push-backs conducted by Hungarian police, as well as information on possibilities for legalization of their status, information on camps and our role in providing legal and psychosocial assistance.

Local Center for social work has been informed about unaccompanied minors who are currently staying in an open location near Horgos in inadequate conditions, exposed to the risks of violence, smuggling, trafficking as well as various health problems as a result of staying outdoors and violence while attempting illegal border crossings.

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