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.
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.
In cooperation with the Governments of Serbia and Montenegro, IOM Belgrade and IOM Podgorica provided assistance with the voluntary and orderly return of 333 stranded irregular migrants and rejected asylum-seekers from Serbia and Montenegro to their countries of origin between November 2005 and July 2007 and enhanced the AVR framework in cooperation with the relevant authorities. The project was implemented at the request of the Government of Serbia and Montenegro (at the time State Union) to effectively and humanely returns the rising number of identified irregular migr
This program is a humanitarian assistance program for asylum-seekers; rejected asylum-seekers and refugees who are prepared to renounce their right to asylum and have decided to voluntarily return permanently to their native country or to emigrate to a third country.
As of 2005 IOM Belgrade Medical provides fitness to travel assistance including medical escorts to this IOM global program. Moderate to severe medical, mental and/or psychosocial conditions or disabilities of returning migrants if not properly managed can impair their return and successful reintegration to their society. Beside returnees with psychiatric disorders and associated specific problems, there is also a significant number of returning migrants suffering from severe physical medical conditions.
This project, funded by the Italian Government (EUR 1 million) was intended to address some of the difficulties in Serbia that have arisen from the protracted and divisive wars and their consequences. These devastating consequences include a large number of refugees and internally displaced families, poverty, unemployment, difficulties due to the sharp transition and reform processes, growth of number of people with actual psychiatric disorders (depression disorders, psychosomatic disorders, abuse of psychoactive substances), family violence and the like.