Podgorica - 23 February 2015
A year after the opening of the Asylum Centre, more than 1,600 people found a shelter at that facility, after they fled from persecution in their own countries.
"During the last year, the Centre hosted 1,628 persons, most of which came from Syrian. The numbers indicate that this institution justified its existence," said Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Predrag Bošković who visited the facility together with representatives of international organisations and state institutions.
Shelter for asylum is designed in a form of a smaller hotel. Accommodation for men and women are in separate parts of the facility. There are special rooms for rest, with TV sets, as well as cafeteria and a small first aid station.
"Given the numerous crises in the world and thousands of migrants who pass through Montenegro annually, providing additional accommodation for asylum seekers is of utmost importance. More important is to create conditions for the integration of those who have received protection, what is quite a challenge, given the current economic difficulties," said UNHCR Representative in Montenegro Mustafa Server Caylan.
Among many others, the Center has opened its door to Ali Alka Amin who escaped from Afghanistan, where he used to work as an interpreter to American soldiers.
"You have heard that the Taliban first monitor, and then kill anyone who cooperates with the Americans. So I had to run away. I am grateful to the Government of Montenegro and the people. Montenegrins kindly accept foreigners," said Alka Amin.
Asylum seekers in the Centre, on average, retain about five days on the way to a country where they want to stay. Currently the shelter is 14 asylum seekers, and the number is increasing day by day.