Serbia will receive an additional EUR 4 million in aid for migrants, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides announced in Belgrade on Saturday.
During a visit to the centre for asylum seekers in the Belgrade suburb of Krnjaca, Stylianides praised the Serbian government for managing the migrant crisis and pledged further assistance in food for refugees and migrants accommodated in reception centres across the country.
Labour and Welfare Minister Aleksandar Vulin said that Serbia would not increase the capacity of the reception centres from the current 6,000 beds, adding that the accommodation provided by Serbia was the best on the entire migrant route.
The Krnjaca centre is currently home to about 1,200 people, mostly families.
We wish to express our support and show how much we appreciate that the people and government of Serbia are showing such hospitality to people who are going through the most terrible suffering, Stylianides said.
Vulin said that Serbia was trying to help all migrants by providing them with accommodation and medical and legal assistance. He stressed that Serbia would not increase the number of beds, but would try to improve the quality of accommodation in all refugee centres.
Vulin underscored that none of the migrants and refugees should stay outside the reception centres, in the streets and parks, "unless they want to." He added that such behaviour was "irresponsible and dangerous" and that "there is room for everyone in the reception centres."
Vulin said that the EU aid would be used to buy food and to additionally improve the conditions in the reception centres.