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When the situation escalated in Ukraine in February 2022, thousands of people started fleeing from Ukraine to Montenegro, as well as other neighbouring countries. UNHCR cooperates closely with the Government of Montenegro and partners to assist those people in need and provide protection and assistance.

In 2021, UNHCR assisted over 4,000 asylum seekers, refugees and persons at risk of statelessness in Montenegro. This number includes 320 refugees from former Yugoslavia with unresolved legal status in Montenegro. Most persons of concern were coming from Afghanistan, Morocco and Iran.

UNHCR’s work in Montenegro focuses on supporting the country in building the asylum system (reception, asylum procedure and integration), preventing and eradicating statelessness and providing legal support to refugees from former Yugoslavia with unresolved legal status.

Additional information

For information about our work in Montenegro:

  • UNHCR Montenegro's HOTLINE for people fleeing Ukraine: +382 69 123 102
  • Visit our social media channels – Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Are you a refugee or asylum-seeker in Montenegro? Find information about your rights and available services on our HELP site.

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Montenegro website

Visit the UNHCR Montenegro website for more information on our work in the area and the latest local news and stories.

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Legislation and guidance

For legislation, case law and UNHCR policy relating to claims for international protection, visit Refworld.

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