Introduction: The Western Balkans region has witnessed a sharp increase in the numbers of mixed migration flows arriving in or transiting through its territory, along the so-called Western Balkan route, in particular Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia. In addition to the high numbers, the mixed composition of these flows adds complexity to the task of addressing them effectively and in line with international commitments and standards.
The project that has been implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia since September 2015 is funded by IOM International Development Fund in the amount of USD 130,000. Given that a high increase of irregular migrants puts extraordinary pressure on state’s services and institutions especially those dealing with accommodation, care and reception of migrants, this project aims to contribute to effective and service oriented reception facilities for irregular migrants in Serbia through the implementation of two project components:
This one year project has been financed by the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) of US State Department in the amount of USD 650,000 and aims to enhance the fight against smuggling of migrants, trafficking in human beings and cross-border transgressions along the Eastern Mediterranean and Western Balkan routes, thus contributing to the enhanced security in the region, more precisely on the territories of three countries: Serbia, FYRM and Greece.
Enhancing capacities and mechanisms to identify and protect vulnerable migrants is a regional project managed by IOM Sarajevo implemented in the Western Balkans.
Introduction: The EU provides assistance to Republic of Serbia and Serbian Ministry of Interior to improve its border and migration management capabilities at the border with Bulgaria. It is funded by the EU with EUR 1 million and implemented by UN agency for Migration – International Organization for Migration (IOM).
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), UNDP and IOM in 2011 launched a two year pilot project on Mainstreaming Migration into National Development Strategies in four countries: Bangladesh, Jamaica, Moldova, and Tunisia. Since 2011, the project has: 1) strengthened the capacity of governments in pilot countries to address migration and development (M&D) linkages in their development strategies, 2) provided guidance for UN ...
The Swiss FOM (Federal Office for Migration) provides operational input and makes final decisions on the individual reintegration assistance to be provided to the returnee. IOM Belgrade has started processing returnees under the AVR Switzerland in the middle of 2002 and this programme is still active. The total number of cases assisted by IOM Belgrade since mid 2002 until December 2011 is: 221 cases or 530 persons.
The Reintegration Fund was created in 2002 as an additional component of the Voluntary Assisted Return and Reintegration Programme (VARRP) implemented by IOM London. The VARRP provides financial support for reintegration activities in countries of origin for nationals returning from the UK. The VARRP – UK programme became operational in 2002 and this programme is open – ended. The total number of processed cases is 30.
The Reintegration Fund provides financial support for reintegration activities in countries of origin of returnees from Ireland who are eligible for reintegration assistance. The VARRP – UK programme became operational in 2005 and is open-ended. The total number of processed cases is 13.