This regional pilot project was funded by the European Commission and implemented by IOM from December 2004 to June 2006. This regional project had overall objective to promote orderly migration flows and related awareness-raising on regular channels of migration addressing potential migrants to EU states.
This regional project, with EUR 1,4 million funding provided by the European Commission, and the Swiss, the German, the Italian and the Lichtenstein Governments, was implemented from February 2008 to January 2010 by the IOM in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and national governments to develop and integrate efficient information, advice and referral services for migrants to assist their informed migration decisions and prevent irregular migration while fostering local capacity and knowledge in the area of labour migration policy and practice.
The Joint Programme (JP) supported national and local institutions to implement policy and operational measures that will increase youth employment in Serbia and reduce the negative impact of return and irregular migration. IOM, ILO, UNDP and UNICEF implemented the JP with institutions mandated to address youth, employment, migration and social policies. Total budget was USD 8 million of which the USD 6 million was provided by the MDG Spanish Funds and the Government of Serbia contributed with USD 1.9 million.
This regional project took into account and built on other initiatives carried out by EC, IOM and other stakeholders, to inform potential migrants from the Western Balkans about legal migration opportunities in the EU labour market and on the other hand, to facilitate the return and successful reintegration of skilled migrants to their countries of origin.
Implemented by the IOM from September 2008 to December 2011 and funded by the Italian Government (EUR 1,1 million), SHAPE project was one of the most significant response measures aimed at bringing youth issues back to centre stage. It supported initiatives of the Serbian Ministry of Youth and Sports, (MYS) in promoting socio-cultural, economic and civic integration of young people and it invigorated youth participation and activism in local communities as a means to prevent brain-drain, following the priorities defined in the National Youth Strategy.
Through the NTF Project, IOM supported the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Serbia in achieving important national goals in the field of defence reform as well as in contributing further to the stabilization of the Balkan region. During the five and a half years of project implementation (1 July 2006 – 31 March 2012) a total of 6,025 discharged defence personnel received individual counselling, while 4,580 received financial assistance to support their reintegration into civilian life.
While PBILD, as a Joint UN programme, worked towards inclusive, peaceful and sustainable development in South Serbia, the objective of the IOM component was to build capacities of local communities through trainings in the area of prevention and violence/conflict resolution.
The objective of this initiative is to contribute to better socio-cultural integration, conflict prevention and interethnic dialogue among youth in West and South Serbia regions. It aims to enhance capacities of 8 youth offices in conflict prevention and mediation and promotion of inter-cultural dialogue and to strengthen youth networking and active participation through small-scaled youth projects. To achieve these results, the project partnered with the Ministry of Youth and Sports as well as eight local Youth Offices in South and Southwest Serbia.
The objective of the TRQN project was to contribute to the national post-war reconstruction and development plans of the selected countries (Afghanistan, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia & Montenegro including the Kosovo/UNSC 1244 Province in line with the integrated approach of the Dutch Government towards migration and development with an overall budget EUR 2.2 million.
IOM together with the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies (SFM) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) carried out a 9 month (December 2005 to July 2006) remittances-for-development applied-research initiative funded by the Government of Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) with a total budget of USD 100,000.