Providing aid in complex refugee situations

A case study of Belgrade

  • Jan Říkovský Palacký University Olomouc
  • Lucie Macková Palacký University Olomouc


This paper aims to provide a reflection on the humanitarian response to the “migration crisis” along the Balkans route during 2015. Firstly, the characteristics of and dissimilarities to other crises are identified in terms of the engagement of non-traditional actors, the repeated responses at several posts en route and the limited timeframe for relief operations caused by the temporary presence of the respective beneficiaries in one place. Based on this contextual analysis, the case study examines a project which originally aimed to provide information and basic protection activities to asylum seekers travelling through the Belgrade area, but had to be scaled up to take into account a greater number of beneficiaries with more diverse needs than was initially anticipated. Similar developments in other relief activities along the route allowed an identification of the basic lessons learned for the responders on the ground, which would be useful when establishing future projects under similar conditions.
May 26, 2017
How to Cite
ŘÍKOVSKÝ, Jan; MACKOVÁ, Lucie. Providing aid in complex refugee situations. Development, Environment and Foresight, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 1, p. 36-50, may 2017. ISSN 2336-6621. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 12 dec. 2019.