Introduction: Having in mind the increase in migrants, refugees and asylum seekers who are using the Western Balkan portion of the Eastern Mediterranean migratory route (2,000-3,000 people per day in July 2015, and 6,000 - 7,000 people per day in October 2015, as well as the insufficiency of adequate premises for their reception and care, a need for establishing additional facilities is noted.
The overall objective of this 18-month project (2005/2006), funded by the Netherlands with total budget of EUR 1,015,878 (Serbia mission EUR 131,075), implemented by the IOM was to prevent trafficking in human beings in the Balkans through capacity-building and educational activities, awareness-raising about the risks and consequences of trafficking among children in schools, as well as non-attendees (mainly Roma children), thereby reducing their vulnerability to trafficking. The project:
The project aimed to strengthen the capacity of the Serbian National Employment Service (NES) to support the economic empowerment of victims of trafficking (VoTs) by
The objective of the project was to build the capacities of the Public Order unit – Unit for Suppression of Prostitution, Begging, Child Labour and Vagrancy, the only police unit in Serbia engaged in the above-mentioned issues, to identify and refer victims of trafficking in human beings.
With financial support provided by the IOM Development Fund and in close partnership with the Ministry of Interior of Serbia, the project Prevention of “Modern Slavery” in Serbia – From Real Life Stories to Television Docudrama aimed to contribute to Serbia’s human trafficking prevention efforts, outlined in the Government’s National Counter-trafficking Action Plan.
Trafficking prevention project (TRAPP), active from January to March 2012, was a result of a close cooperation between IOM, Border Police Directorate and the British Embassy in Belgrade that supported the project with GBP 35,000 from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office funds. Department for Illegal Migration of the Border Police was particularly concerned with the many instances in which they encountered links between drug trafficking and human trafficking/smuggling.
The Joint Programme (JP) to Combat Human Trafficking between the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Serbia, under the auspices of the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) is the very first joint initiative by UN agencies in the field of anti-human trafficking in Serbia and in Europe.
As one of the partner organizations of the Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future," IOM was designated to make financial compensation available to former forced labourers and other victims of the Nazi regime.
The 18-month programme (2007/2008) was implemented in five countries: Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovakia. The overall objective of RHAP was to contribute to the successful closure of the German Forced Labour Compensation Programme by utilizing unused “residual” German Forced Labour Compensation Programme (GFLCP) funds for humanitarian and social assistance projects in line with requirements of the Federal Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future”.
The project lasted from July 2005 to April 2008 and was implemented in partnership with the Czech Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs & Ministry of foreign affairs / Czech Embassy in Serbia. The objective of the project was to implement an info campaign for Serbian citizens interested in professional job placement in Czech Republic. Several thousands of people have been informed through the specially established help-line and info campaign was present in all media with national and local coverage (printed, radio, TV).