Submission to the European Commission on Serbia

In a submission to the European Commission on Serbia, IDMC raises outstanding protection issues for IDPs.

21 May 2014 | Human Rights Mechanism

CESCR Submission Serbia 2014

In this submission to the UN’s Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, IDMC provides information on self-determination and children while urging the Committee to ensure progressive realization of IDPs’ rights.

14 March 2014 | Human Rights Mechanism

IDP rights in Kosovo and Serbia should be a key consideration for EU membership talks

As Serbia begins accession talks with the EU, IDMC highlights how the recent local elections in Kosovo signal a positive step forward for marginalised internally displaced (IDP) communities, and calls on the EU to consider the plight of IDPs when assessing suitability of EU membership.

24 January 2014 | Blog Post

Serbia: Internal displacement in brief

There were around 209,000 registered IDPs in Serbia as of the end of 2013, according to the Serbian Commissariat for Refugees (SCR).

31 December 2013 | Summary


CESCR pre-sessional Serbia 2013

In this submission to the UN’s Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on Serbia, IDMC outlines numerous issues IDPs face related to discrimination, employment, social security, housing, health and education.

30 September 2013 | Human Rights Mechanism


CEDAW 55th session Serbia 2013

In this submission to the UN’s Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, IDMC highlights problems IDP women face with violence, housing, education, employment and discrimination.

24 June 2013 | Human Rights Mechanism


EU Enlargement Submission Serbia 2013

In this submission to the EU’s Enlargement Directorate on Serbia, IDMC provides information on IDP housing, livelihoods, documentation, freedom of movement and discrimination.

20 May 2013 | Human Rights Mechanism

Integration stalled

Limited resources, reduced donor interest and the intractable nature of the Serbia-Kosovo dispute continue to present obstacles to long-term solutions for many IDPs

12 March 2013 | Overview



31 July 2012 | Country Profile Page



IDMC's Serbia page provides an overview of the latest figures and key concerns facing internally displaced people in the country.

31 July 2012 | Country Page


Serbia: Ten years after displacement, returns remain stalled but integration prospects improving

As of December 2010, there were an estimated 230,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) from Kosovo within Serbia, including an estimated 20,000 displaced Roma people who were never registered as displaced. In addition, 19,000 people remain displaced within Kosovo. The most vulnerable IDPs are Roma people, who tend to lack documentation and frequently endure extreme poverty in squalid informal settlements.

22 December 2010 | Country Profile


Serbia: IDPs still seeking housing solutions and documentation to access their rights

In 1999, over 245,000 members of local minorities fled from or within Kosovo in fear of reprisals from the majority Albanian population after NATO air strikes forced the withdrawal of Yugoslav troops and ended years of oppression of ethnic Albanians. Kosovo’s declaration of independence in February 2008 created new uncertainty for those still displaced.

29 December 2009 | Country Profile


Serbia: Final status for Kosovo - Towards durable solutions for IDPs or new displacement risk?

After eight years of international administration over Kosovo, the situation of the estimated 227,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) in Serbia and Kosovo is hanging on the resolution of Kosovo’s status. The failure of the United Nations Security Council to adopt the Ahtisaari proposal on the final status of Kosovo has prolonged uncertainty which impedes progress towards durable solutions.

10 December 2007 | Country Profile


Profile of Internal Displacement: Serbia & Montenegro

An estimated 250,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) – mainly ethnic Serbs and Roma who fled within and out of Kosovo when Yugoslav forces withdrew in 1999 – are still unable to go back to their pre-war homes in the now UN-administered province. The overwhelming majority of IDPs live in Serbia, but smaller numbers have also found refuge in Montenegro and parts of Kosovo

27 September 2005 | Country Profile

Serbia & Montenegro: IDPs from Kosovo: stuck between uncertain return prospects and denial of local integration

IDMC explores the situation of Kosovar refugees currently living in uncertainty as they face difficulty both in returning home and integrating into local communities.

01 September 2005 | Publication


Profile in Internal Displacement: Serbia & Montenegro

More than 225,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) – mainly ethnic Serbs and Roma who fled Kosovo when Yugoslav forces withdrew in 1999 – are still waiting to return from Serbia and Montenegro to their pre-war homes in the now UN-administered province. Although the ethnic Albanian majority in Kosovo generally appears to have become more tolerant vis-à-vis the return of the displaced and an operational framework has been put in place to facilitate returns, a number of obstacles still prevent IDPs from going back to their places of origin.

03 March 2004 | Country Profile


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