Serbia is one of seven countries to emerge from the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. It has the highest number of displaced people in Europe—230,000, of which most are from Kosovo and still in need of assistance to return home or to integrate into Serbian society. About 800,000 people in Serbia live below the poverty line, with a monthly income of less than $100. The official unemployment rate was 24% in June 2013. While a breakthrough accord was signed between the Serbian and Kosovar governments, there continue to be tensions in the southern part of the country.
|Population:||7,243,007 (July 2013 est.)|
|Size:||29,913 sq. mi; slightly smaller than South Carolina|
Catholic Relief Services came to Serbia to respond to the needs of vulnerable refugees, displaced people, victims of gender-based violence, ethnic minorities, children and people with disabilities who were neglected after the violent breakup of Yugoslavia in the nineties. CRS has built the capacity of 20 local organizations to provide assistance to marginalized groups and influence governments to establish the System of Personal Assistance to People with Disabilities and the Poverty Reduction Strategy. Since 2004, CRS and partners assisted over 23,700 refugees and displaced people with legal aid and more than 1,380 with income generation grants.
PartnersBalkan Center for Migration and Humanitarian Activities
Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration
Center for Independent Living of People With Disabilities