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Addressing COVID-19 challenges within the Migrant and Refugee Response in the Western Balkans

The COVID-19 pandemic and the measures taken by governments to prevent and control the spread of the virus are having an unprecedented impact on mobility, and on border and migration management systems. The overall objective of this action is to protect migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and other vulnerable persons by ensuring that systems and services in place are supported, reinforced and can be quickly adapted to the measures that must be implemented in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Improving Information Management and Planning Capacities of Serbian Commissariat for Refugees and Migration

Introduction: Once migration crisis response measures by the Government of Serbia were established in 2017, further support was needed to strengthen the capacity of the SCRM, mandated to manage migration in the Republic of Serbia, both at the central and the local level.

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Special measure on supporting the Republic of Serbia to improve border management in the context of the European Migration Crisis – Phase 3

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The overall objective is to extend the support to the Republic of Serbia to further conduct its border and migration management operations primarily at the border with Bulgaria and North Macedonia or at other border segments depending on potential changes to the migratory flows, in the context of the consequences of the European migration crisis of 2015-2016.

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Regional Support to Protection-Sensitive Migration Management in the Western Balkans and Turkey – Phase II

Project description: This is a European Union-funded programme implemented in six Western Balkans beneficiaries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*[1], Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey in partnership with EBCGA, EASO and UNHCR. It aims to provide a comprehensive and holistic regional approach to migration management systems in the framework of the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II) and as part of the EU accession processes of the beneficiaries.

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Regional Support to Protection-Sensitive Migration Management in the Western Balkans and Turkey – Phase I

Project description: This is a European Union-funded programme implemented in six Western Balkans beneficiaries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*[1], Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey in partnership with EBCGA, EASO and UNHCR. It aims to provide a comprehensive and holistic regional approach to migration management systems in the framework of the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II) and as part of the EU accession processes of the beneficiaries.

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Life Through the Camera Lens of Migrants in Serbia

The exhibition entitled “Life through the camera lens of migrants in Serbia” showcases 40 photographs taken by migrants housed in temporary accommodation at the Reception Center in Subotica.

The photographs were taken as part of a two-month professional photography workshop run by the International Organization for Migration in Serbia, under EU Support to Migration Management in Serbia. Workshop participants learned about the essentials for taking high quality professional photographs, photograph types, themes etc.

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Enhancing Social Protection for Migrants in Vulnerable Situation in Serbia

This project aims to contribute to strengthening social protection of migrants in Serbia by enhancing social protection of migrants through the increase in availability and quality of social services and community-based support programs. It aims to do so by focusing on institutional improvements through capacity building and systemic availability of specialised psychosocial services and diversification of migrant support programs by engaging community resources, so that migrants enjoy enhanced psychosocial protection, which is accessible and tailored to their needs.

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Support to Strengthening Migration and Asylum Management in the Republic of Serbia

The second phase of the project „Support to Strengthening Migration and Asylum Management in Republic of Serbia“ has been implemented since 1 June 2018 by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and financed by the British Embassy to Serbia with GBP 224,725.

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Support to Strengthening Migration and Asylum Management in Serbia

The project is expected to help bolster the system of migration and asylum management in Republic of Serbia. It has placed an emphasis on the following areas: implementation of new laws and practices in the area of asylum and migration; boosting capacities for reception, identification, orientation and return and advancement of sustainable capacities of competent institutions in Republic of Serbia for provision of training.

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