Weekly report for 27 Nov – 03 Dec 2017

Weekly report for 27 – 03 Dec 2017

Monitoring access to Human Rights and Protection of Refugees and Migrants in Transit Border Centers Tabanovce (Northern border) and Gevgelija (Southern border)

Legis is an implementing partner-organization of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights of the Republic of Macedonia, Vlade and Ana Divac Foundation, Novi Sad Humanitarian Centre - NSHC and Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Deutschland in the project: Help on the Route – Fostering Protection of Human Rights of Refugees and Migrants Passing through Macedonia and Serbia. In this regard, Legis has 6 field officers and 2 coordinators who collect daily information on the access to human rights and protection of residents in the transit-border centers Tabanovce on the Northern and Gevgelija on the Southern border.

Accordingly, this weekly report represents a summary of:

- Number of reports: 12 daily reports in total i.e. questionnaires gathered during this period.


The total number of supported refugees/migrants: around 11 refugees/migrants were supported during this period, since the new arrivals fluctuate on a daily basis, our field officers managed to establish communication with almost each newly arrived person in the camp Tabanovce, while the southern border camp Vinojug, Gevgelija remains closed with 14 residents. During this reporting period in Tabanovce, the number of registered residents varied from 2-6. Moreover, there were 11 new arrivals. Four are from Syria, one from Iran, one from Palestine, three from Libya, and two from Pakistan. All of them are adult men. In Gevgelija, there were four new arrivals: one woman, two men and one child, all from Turkey.

Tabanovce, Northern border

Facilities and conditions:

The transit-center in Tabanovce, Kumanovo has temporary living facilities (containers) for residents with satisfactory heating and cooling conditions. All residents have access to hygiene facilities, communal kitchen, and recreational spaces for children etc. They receive three meals per day. Toilets are cleaned on a daily basis. The freedom of movement continues to be restricted meaning residents can go out but only if accompanied by the camp staff. There is heating available and hot water at the bathrooms.

Institutional treatment:

Serbian police officers deported two Libyan nationals, although, according to their story, they told the police officers that they were in the process of seeking asylum in Serbia.

Access to asylum or temporary protection:

All residents have access to asylum or temporary protection submissions through the Department of Asylum of the Ministry of Interior and the local CSO Macedonian Young Lawyers Association within the center or other legal aid in need. No new asylum/temporary protection applications were submitted during this reporting period.

Access to services: health care, medical needs, food and non-food items:

All residents have access to basic health care, medical aid and food and non-food items. No special medical needs were reported by the residents. The medical staff is always present at the camp.

Restriction of movement:

- Residents can only go out if accompanied by the camp staff or Red Cross employees.

Gevgelija, Southern border:

Facilities and conditions:

As the transit-center in Tabanovce, Gevgelija has temporary living facilities (containers) for residents with satisfactory heating and cooling conditions. The daily routine of the people depends on the programs within the center’s facilities, as the restriction of movement has not been removed. The food quality has been improved. The Red Cross brings various products with which they can cook meals themselves, since they receive pre-cooked meals twice per week. Toilets are cleaned regularly. However, it is important to highlight that there is no hot water and no heating at the bathrooms. The residents have to to use La Strada’s bathroom instead.

Institutional treatment:

The Macedonian police forces operating at the Macedonian-Greek border performed around 61[1] pushbacks to Greece during this reporting period. The predominant countries of origin of these people are Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Iraq, and Algeria.

Access to asylum or temporary protection:

All residents have access to asylum or temporary protection submissions through the Department of asylum of the Ministry of Interior and local CSO Macedonian Young Lawyers Association within the center or other legal aid in need. No asylum/temporary protection applications were submitted over the course of this reporting period.

Access to services: health care, medical needs, food and non-food items:

All residents have access to basic health care, medical aid and food and non-food items. However, it is important to emphasize that residents need more psychosocial support due to the prolonged stay at the transit centre. The medical staff is always present at the camp. Due to the colder weather, there has been need for warmer clothes and boots, especially for children.

Restriction of movement:

- Residents can only go out if accompanied by the camp staff, Red Cross, or La Strada employees.

- Number of referred cases to the Ombudsperson’s Office during this period:

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[1] This number is approximate. There may be more, but this is what our field officers have managed to register and learn during this period.