Refugees response

Refugee response at a glance

Throughout 2015 an increasing number of refugees have been crossing the Western Balkans countries on their way to seek refuge from ongoing crises in their home countries. The so-called “Western Balkans migration Route”, leading from Turkey through Greece, Macedonia and Serbia north towards the EU was an established “corridor”.  Only in the last quarter of 2015 (October to December) 432.956 refugees passed through Serbia and 465.412 trough Croatia. 

In response to the unfolding humanitarian situation in the Balkan, CARE International in the Balkans made a decision to start urgent humanitarian assistance of refugees and migrants. Priority sectors supported by CARE are food security, shelter and NFI, WASH and protection. CARE started its work in Croatia and Serbia in August 2014 through its highly experienced local partner organizations Volunteer Center Osijek (VCO) and Novi Sad Humanitarian Center (NSHC). The overall objective was to contribute to the ongoing efforts of the Croatian and Serbian governments and local communities affected by the refugee crisis and provide direct assistance to the refugees and migrants. 

During the course of 11 months CARE provided assistance to over 115,000 refugees, through provision of CARE food packages, WASH, shelter, hygiene items and non-food items. Through the entire period CARE was delivering humanitarian aid according to the needs of the refugees, possibilities on the field and in continuous coordination with other organizations.

Gender in emergency

While disruptions from emergencies raise risks of generalized violence, violent conflicts and disasters especially see the amplification of existing harmful practices and inequalities. CARE is committed to using gender equality approach to emergencies. In line with CARE’s humanitarian strategy and regional priorities, CARE aims to focus on initiatives which will build the capacity of CARE and our partners to meet the specific humanitarian needs of women, men, boys and girls in a way which promotes gender equality.

We understand and address the different needs, impacts, opportunities and solutions at all stages of our operations. Continuous assessment and feedback is undertaken by CARE to ensure appropriate response for women and girls. We base our programs on gender analysis, consultation and participation of women, with specific attention to ensuring the rights of women and girls, and raising the profile of the needs and rights of women and girls impacted by the disaster through programmes, advocacy and learning.

CARE Floods response



The project “Support for development of agricultural cooperatives", in North Macedonia

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