Enhancing capacities and mechanisms to identify and protect vulnerable migrants in the Western Balkans

Project Duration: 
01 July 2016 – 30 June 2017
Project Partners: 
Ministry of Interior, Border Police Directorate; Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs (Center for Protection of VoTs)
U.S. State Department Bureau of Population Refugees and Migration (PRM)

Enhancing capacities and mechanisms to identify and protect vulnerable migrants is a regional project managed by IOM Sarajevo implemented in the Western Balkans.

The overall objective of the project is to strengthen capacities in the region to manage migration and protect vulnerable migrants in a coordinated manner through: (1) enhancing the instruments and capacities in place to ensure the protection of vulnerable migrants and those in need, including victims of trafficking and unaccompanied migrant children  (UMCs); (2) harmonize approaches to comprehensive migration management throughout the region; and (3) to facilitate further regional cooperation and coordination within these sphere.

Planned project outcomes for Serbia:

  • Enhanced awareness and capacities of relevant stakeholders at entry points and other first contact points to implement a rights-based approach to screening, identification and referrals of vulnerable migrants.
  • Strengthened national capacities and enhanced cooperation between border officials and national and regional police in the identification and referral of UMC.
  • Strengthened capacities of law enforcement bodies, including border officials, to identify migrant smugglers, smuggling activities, and distinguish cases of smuggling from cases of human trafficking, as well as strengthened capacities of prosecutors and the judiciary to prosecute identified cases.

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