Croatia & Slovenia: Emergency aid to Migration Crisis

Project completed

Over the past months an ever-increasing number of people are fleeing war, violence and persecution, and migrating through the West Balkans to reach Europe. Since the closure of the Hungarian Border to Serbia on 16 October, a significant migration flow is passing through Slovenia and Croatia. In response to the deteriorating situation, SDC conducted a needs assessment in these two countries. Based on the findings, SDC has decided to deploy an interdisciplinary team and provide materials to support the local initiatives. 

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Slovenia
Humanitarian Assistance & DRR
Material relief assistance
10.11.2015 - 31.03.2016
CHF 1'000'000
Background

Over the past months an ever-increasing number of people are fleeing war, violence and and migrating through the West Balkans to reach Europe. The number of migrants and migration routes is rapidly changing. Since the closure of the Hungarian Border to Serbia on 16 October, thousands of people on the move have changed direction and are migrating towards the Republic of Croatia, with an average of 44’000 migrants per week. Slovenia has witnesses an increase in number of migrants from Croatia on the Slovenian border as well, with 3’300 registered migrants per week.

Objectives

Contribute to an effective response to the benefit of the overwhelming number of migrants passing through Croatia and Slovenia and support the national and local authorities, as well as other humanitarian actors in their efforts to tackle the crisis. Focus areas are 1. improvement of the local infrastructure in the transit centres Presevo and Sentily, as well as winterization of shelter, and 2. Improving coordination and training of volunteers.

Target groups

Migrant population in transit through Slovenia and Croatia (up to 60’000 persons/week), as well as local volunteers in Slovenia and Croatia.

Medium-term outcomes

Slovenia

  • Improvement of infrastructure in transit centres in anticipation of winter season.
  • Provide emergency material to transit centres.
  • Support coordination and training of local volunteers working in the transit centres.
Results

Expected results:  

  • Provide infrastructure and technical support to build adequate and cultural sensitive santiation facilities.
  • Provide mobile kitchens in order prepare warm meals for migrants in transit.
  • Provide heating devices for existing tents
  • Provide emergency aid material (mattraces and blankets) as well drinking water supply.


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Humanitarian aid
Project partners Contract partner
  • Other international or foreign NGO North
  • Schweizerisches Arbeiterhilfswerk


Coordination with other projects and actors

Coordination with Swiss Representations, National Civil Defence Departments

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   1'000'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   558'035
Project phases

Phase 1 10.11.2015 - 31.03.2016   (Completed)