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Serbia

Serbia is at the heart of the overland route that refugees are currently taking through Europe

Serbia has connected East with West for centuries – a land in which civilisations, cultures, faiths, climates and landscapes meet and mingle.

The landlocked country is at the centre of the Balkan Peninsula, in southeastern Europe, and has a population of more than 7.2 million people.

Médecins Sans Frontiéres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has worked sporadically in Serbia since 1991, when the country was part of the former Yugoslavia.

During the series of conflicts that followed the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, we provided medical and mental health care for people directly affected by both the violence and its aftermath.

Today, Serbia is part of the overland route taken by many refugees and migrants in their attempts to reach a more secure life in Europe.

Since 2014, MSF has provided medical and psychological care for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants stranded in Serbia.

We assist people surviving in appaling conditions around the town of Subotica, near the border with Hungary - and thereby the EU - and treat many patients for violence-related traumas.

Injuries include dog bites, irritations from tears gas and pepper spray, or injuries sustained from beatings - often inflicted as refugees attempt to cross the Hungarian border.

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