According to government figures (November 2018), there are some 28,000 refugees and 310,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the region, including 4,500 persons in risk of statelessness.
The Regional Representation for South Eastern Europe (RR SEE) was established on 1 January 2015, based in Sarajevo. Its role is to lead and oversee a joint regional operation for South Eastern Europe covering Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Kosovo (S/RES/1244(1999)), Montenegro and Serbia. In addition to the Regional Representation for South Eastern Europe, UNHCR has offices in Sarajevo (BiH country office), Belgrade, Priština, Podgorica, Skopje and Tirana.
The role of the Regional Representation for South Eastern Europe is to coordinate UNHCR activities with the aim of supporting countries in the region to work together more closely on
- solutions to protracted conflict-related displacements of the 1990’s,
- improved capacity of asylum systems in all countries to provide protection and solutions to asylum-seekers and persons in need of international protection in mixed migration flows, and
- delivery of essential documents to all known persons at risk of statelessness and establishment of mechanisms enabling government and civil society actors to detect and prevent recurrence of new cases.
In addition to its advisory and advocacy work, the RR SEE oversees regional programmes and operations, and conducts administrative and financial oversight for the country offices it is responsible for.