Norway provides NOK 60M to refugees support effort in Serbia and Macedonia
Sept.21, Oslo: Norway has granted NOK 60 million towards humanitarian assistance and refugee support efforts in Serbia and Macedonia, Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende has said.
’More than 125 000 refugees and asylum seekers have arrived in Serbia over the last year, and the numbers are expected to increase in the time ahead. Norway will now provide NOK 60 million in humanitarian assistance and support for strengthening the refugee reception system,’ Brende said. The refugee situation in Serbia, and in Europe as a whole, was at the top of the agenda.
Serbia and Macedonia have become buffer countries between the Schengen Area and Greece and Hungary. Most of the refugees who are now travelling through Serbia along the Balkan route were hoping to pass through Hungary to Germany. As Hungary has introduced stricter measures at the Serbian border, it is expected that the situation in Serbia will become considerably more difficult in the time ahead.
Norway’s humanitarian assistance will be channeled through the UN, the Red Cross and other NGOs that are assisting refugees who have recently arrived in the Balkans.
‘The refugee situation is a shared European challenge that affects us all. Both Norway and Serbia want to contribute to a coordinated European policy in this area,’ Brende said.
The Oslo Times