Refugees and migrants currently situated in Serbia, have escaped violence in their home countries and did not arrive in Serbia to act violently. The number of incidents, compared to the number of over 650,000 people who have traveled through Serbia since 2015, is supporting this fact. These people need support that we, as a responsible society, should provide them. In many cases, this support can be just a normal communication with refugees and migrants, showing them, above all, that we see them as people.
It is normal that insufficient information can create distrust towards people from different cultural and social backgrounds. However, if we, just for a moment, put ourselves in their position, we will realize that refugees and migrants also feel a certain lack of trust in us, as we can merely imagine what kind of perils and traumas they have survived which forced them to leave their homes. In all cultures and on all continents, abandoning of centuries-old households is primarily a consequence of the loss of hope for a better tomorrow. Wars and climate change are and will be, the strongest driving forces in the migration of people from the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.
Similar to residents of Serbia and other Balkan countries, refugees and migrants from the Middle East, Asia, and Africa just want to find a better life in European countries. Hundreds of thousands of Balkan residents have done the same, with the same hope. The only difference is that their path has been shorter, cultural differences and obstacles smaller, and families closer, compared to refugees and migrants from other continents who are passing through Serbia, on their route of hope.
Support to all refugees in need, especially to unaccompanied and separated children, to ill and disabled people, and to vulnerable families, is our duty.