Additional Support to Migrants in Montenegro

By , 10 Aug 2018, 13:51 PM Lifestyle
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August 10, 2018 - The Red Cross of Montenegro has mobilized a system for obtaining international support from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, through the DREF Fund (Emergency Assistance Fund), for the purpose of providing humanitarian aid to migrants in Montenegro.

Namely, Montenegro, with the opening of the "Adriatic Route", faced an increased influx of migrants and asylum seekers. Most of them enter Montenegro across the border crossing Božaj, and a number of them leave via Pljevlja. Thus, Podgorica and Pljevlja are the places with the largest number of migrants in Montenegro and the territories where the Red Cross has focused its activities. "In the first half of the year, Montenegro's Red Cross provided assistance to around 1000 migrants, which was why our organization turned to the support of the International Federation. Funds from the DREF are intended to provide humanitarian aid to migrants (food aid, hygiene, first aid sets, family reunification) and their implementation will last until the end of October," said CKCG.

Items provided through the DREF are distributed directly to beneficiaries who need humanitarian aid, which means that assistance is shared with migrants/seekers seeking asylum in the Social Center in Spuz, persons awaiting reception at the Reception Center and, where appropriate, migrants/asylum seekers in the territory of the municipality of Pljevlja.

"So far, over 200 humanitarian aid packages have been distributed and 2000 were provided, which are distributed on the basis of field assessments by the trained employees and volunteers of the Red Cross," they stated.

About 50 volunteers and 10 employees are involved in Montenegrin migration support activities, and DREF implementation is an additional contribution to providing support to migrants and asylum seekers in Montenegro.

"Namely, the Red Cross of Montenegro has started to realize these and similar activities in 2015. In cooperation with partners, besides humanitarian aid, they provide psycho-social support, organize educational workshops and other support services, to help migrants and asylum seekers stay in Montenegro as qualitative as possible," said the Red Cross.

Text by CdM, on August 9th, 2018, read more at CdM

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