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    One of the activities of the Free Legal Aid project is training of young legal experts to further specialized them to work with vulnerable groups, institutions relevant for legal actions of the project, as well as concrete legal acts of providing legal assistance to targeted......

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    The mobile team of the Free legal aid project’s Nis office carried out on the 12th of August 2021 a field visit for potential beneficiaries residing in Kursumlija. On this occasion, the team held meetings with 12 internally displaced persons from Kosovo and Metohija, who......

Slide Any IDP or Refugee or Returnee interested in seeking support or information from the Project to realize their rights in Serbia or their place origin should contact the Project on freephone 0800 108 208 FREEPHONE Slide EU SUPPORT The EU funded project „Free Legal Aid“ represents a continuation of four projects implemented since 2008, and lasts for 24 months. Slide Legal teams offer legal advices, representation before courts in places of client’s origin, obtaining documentation from state institutions, as well as informing those in need on their rights. LEGAL TEAMS

PROBLEMS IDPs, REFUGEES AND RETURNEES ARE FACING:

  • Their homes have been destroyed, usurped or fraudulently taken from them and they are unable to return or plan to invest
    for their future in the places where they live
  • Exclusion from schemes giving compensation to workers upon privatization of their former employer.
  • Institutional obstacles in acquiring necessary documents to access basic rights and take part in normal civic activities
    (e.g. a birth certificate, health insurance records, citizenship certificates, recognition of diplomas, years of service, pensions
    and other employee rights and access to property and court records)
  • The lack of security in the places of origin
  • Difficulties in integrating and engaging in long term social, cultural and economic activities in a temporary place of residence

HOW DO WE HELP?

  • We give support to those who, due to lack of means or security, or other good reason are not able to exercise their property
    and other rights
  • The support is provided by six legal teams throughout Serbia including mobile teams and our website and toll-free 0800 108 208
  • The teams consist of qualified advocates and their unit of lawyers who can provide:
    • Essential information on the legal rights of IDPS, Refugees and Returnees
    • Free legal assistance
    • Free legal representation by qualified advocates to protect your rights, particularly your property rights and to help secure
      the return of illegally occupied, damaged or destroyed property

Slide http://www.kirs.gov.rs/docs/Nacionalna%20strategija%20za%20izb%20i%20irl%202015-2020.pdf DURING AND AFTER THE CONFLICT IN KOSOVO AND AFTER NATO BOMBING IN 1999, 230.000 SERBIAN AND NON ALBANIAN POPULATION DISPLACED FROM KOSOVO AND METOHIJA Slide 2 IDP Needs Assessment in Serbia, UNHCR, March 2011, http://www.unhcr.rs/dokumenti/istrazivanja/procena-potreba-interno-raseljenih-lica-srbiji.html 97.286 PERSONS OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF IDPs IN SERBIA OUTSIDE OF KOSOVO AND METOHIJA WERE IDENTIFIED AS MULTIPLE ENDANGERED PERSONS IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE IN SOLVING EXISTENTIAL PROBLEMS Slide IT IS ESTIMATED THAT FEW MILLION PEOPLE WERE DISPLACED DURING THE CONFLICT IN THE FORMER YUGOSLAVIA Slide 537.937 REFUGEES AND 79.791 WAR-AFFECTED PERSONS REGISTERED IN SERBIA AFTER THE CONFLICT IN THE FORMER YUGOSLAVIA; TODAY IN SERBIA LIVE 29.457 REFUGEES Slide MORE THAN 100.000 PEOPLE SOUGHT REFUGE IN THE EUROPEAN COUNTRIES DUE TO THE WARS AND CONFLICTS, AROUND 40.000 RETURNED TO SERBIA Slide THERE ARE SIGNFICANT NUMBERS FROM THE ROMA, ASKALI AND EGYPTIAN COMMUNITIES WITHIN THE GROUPS THAT CAN BE ASSISTED BY THE PROJECT