CRS in Serbia
Serbia is one of the countries to emerge from the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. It has the highest number of displaced people in Europe. The unemployment rate hovers around 20%.
CRS works to meet 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.
Country News and Stories
December 28, 2015
A Journey of Mercy
We have the opportunity to experience God’s tenderness and closeness in this Year of Mercy.
December 8, 2015
Year of Mercy and Freedom From Fear
Pilgrimages take many forms—as do the angels who help along the way.
October 28, 2015
Coming to the Aid of Refugees One Patient at a Time
Catholic Relief Services doctor Katarina Mitrovic of Serbia talks about what it’s like to respond to the European refugee crisis.
October 19, 2015
Experience, Expertise and Emergency Response: Help and Hope for People in Crisis
Catholic Relief Services is currently responding to emergencies in more than 18 countries on four continents. Our most recent responses are to Typhoon Koppu in the Philippines , to Hurricane Patricia in Mexico and to...
CRS' History in Serbia
Catholic Relief Services opened our office in Belgrade, Serbia, in 1996 in response to the violent breakup of the former Yugoslavia. Responding to this emergency, we offered clothes, food, heating and hygiene supplies to refugees and other marginalized groups.
After Slobodan Milosevic lost power and the country began to rejoin the European economy, CRS Serbia shifted focus from humanitarian assistance to programs that encourage citizen participation. These programs include education, poverty reduction and building a culture of peace.
Catholic Relief Services' work in Serbia revolves around three pillars. The first is legal aid and livelihood assistance to thousands of refugees and displaced people, many of whom live in legal and financial uncertainty.
CRS also works in ethnically divided southern Serbia to promote tolerance, peace and human rights among Serbs, Albanians and Roma. CRS helps local organizations improve multi-ethnic dialogue and opportunities for women and youth.
Finally, CRS works with local faith-based partners (Caritas Serbia and Philanthropy) to respond to catastrophic flooding and other disasters.