Serbia's Social Affairs Minister Aleksandar Vulin said on Sunday that the ongoing construction work on the temporary reception centre in the border town of Sid would enable the centre to provide accommodation and amenities to 1,000 Middle East refugees, mainly women and chidlren.
The centre is located near the railway station from where refugees and migrants are being transported towards Croatia.
Migrants and refugees will be are bussed to Sid from Presevo, southern Serbia, where they cross into Serbia from Macedonia on their way towards west and north Europe.
Vulin today visited the centre in Sid to gain an insight in how the upgrading work is proceeding.
He said that on Saturday a record high number of refugees per day, 8,057, had entered Serbia in Presevo. Of those arrivals, 2,574 were under age 18.
Serbia and the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) on Friday signed an agreement on granting EUR 2.3 million to Belgrade to help its efforts in handling the refugee crisis.
The agreement, signed in Belgrade, envisages that the grant will be disbursed by Migrant and Refugee Fund (MRF), established by the CEB to finance reception and transit centres in member countries in order to assist with their immediate response to the current crisis.
Minister Vulin said after the agreement-signing ceremony that the means would be used to finish the reception centres in Adasevci and Sid near the border with Croatia plus one more reception centre on the migrant route.
Since the start of this year, over 316,000 migrants have passed through Serbia.
Four countries that lie on the Balkans migrant route can immediately provide temporary accommodation to 12,000 refugees, including Croatia, which can accommodate 2,000 people, the European Commission said on Thursday evening.
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