Readmission agreements between the EU and Serbia provided the framework for the return of nearly 9,000 people in the last seven years, mainly FROM Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Denmark. Much are Roma. Some have spent more than ten years in the host country, some have gone to school there and do not speak Serbian. Some have nothing when returning to Serbia, and find themselves precariously hosted by family or friends, or in the street. Returns are often made indiscriminately, since unaccompanied minors have been sent back, or sick people who have left the airport by ambulance.
This figure of 9,000 people in 7 years is actually very small compared to the hundreds of thousands of Serbs left to work abroad, mainly in the European Union. As for Romanian and Bulgarian Roma, we put the spotlight on visible minorities - Roma, asylum seekers renamed "bogus asylum seekers" - to mask the reality of precarious workers without status from the Balkans exploited in Northern and Western Europe.