8 June 2009 – Representative of the Serbian government’s readmission council and coordinator of the team in charge of reintegrating refugees Rade Dabajic presented a report on the government’s efforts for reintegrating returnees and said that since the beginning of this year 96 Serbian citizens have returned.

Representative of the Serbian government’s readmission council and coordinator of the team in charge of reintegrating refugees Rade Dabajic presented  a report on the government’s efforts for reintegrating returnees and said that since the beginning of this year 96 Serbian citizens have returned.

Dubajic said that out of 774 applications the repatriation of 96 people was organized by Interior Ministry personnel, adding that the returnees came from Switzerland, Croatia and Denmark and that their return was arranged by the Office for Readmission at Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Airport.

Dubajic said that there are not enough funds for an efficient readmission process, stressing the need for donations by the international community.

The support of countries where returnees are coming back from would be very important for preventing secondary migration, said Dubajic.

He said that one fourth of the returnees are returning through the Office for Readmission at Nikola Tesla airport and also announced the opening of two more offices and several transit centres.

According to the report, the Office made contact with 163 deported persons in the first five months of this year. They were advised to obtain personal documents in order to exercise their rights in Serbia.

According to the Readmission Office’s data last year around 586 people, 149 of who were Roma, were returned to Serbia, mainly from Germany and Switzerland.

The Serbian government adopted a strategy for the reintegration of returnees this February and an action plan for the implementation of the strategy this April.

The readmission agreement is one of the preconditions for inclusion on the Schengen ‘white list’.

Apart from EU countries, Serbia also signed bilateral readmission agreements with Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Switzerland and Canada.

Source: Tanjug

See also: Serbia, Slovenia sign readmission protocol, Beta, 8 June 2009