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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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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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EU Support to Border Management - Phase 3

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 and North Macedonia. It is funded by the EU with EUR 3 million and implemented by UN agency for Migration – International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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EU Support to Border Management - Phase 2

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 3 million and implemented by UN agency for Migration – International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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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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Support to the Information Management, Communication and Planning Capacity in Addressing the Migration Management Challenges in Serbia

As of mid-2015 until the beginning of March 2016, when the so-called Balkan route was formally closed, more than 700,000 migrants passed through the Republic of Serbia on their way to the countries of Western Europe. Unlike the period before the closure of the Balkan route, migrants now have been staying in Serbia for a longer period of time, in some cases longer than a year. In January 2017 there are some 4,000 migrants accommodated in 18 asylum and reception centres. Such a situation requires a different response of institutions dealing with migration management, as well as international and non-governmental actors. In this regard, the mission of the project is to assist the Government of the Republic of Serbia to respond to dynamic challenges of the migration management.

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Open Communities-Successful Communities

In 2015 the Republic of Serbia was faced with large-scale movements of refugees and migrants. Until the closure of so-called Western Balkans route at the beginning of March 2016, some 700,000 migrants passed through Serbia on their way to Western Europe. Consequently, the number of refugees and migrants exceeds 8,000 in January 2017. Nowadays, some 4,000 migrants/refugees are staying in 18 reception and asylum centers in Serbia. The UN partner organizations  (UNDP, WHO, UNOPS and IOM) in close coordination with the target groups, developed specially tailored actions of the Project “Open Communities-Successful Communities” based on  first-hand field analysis and technical verification of needs at local and national level.

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EU Support to Serbia and Former Yougoslav Republic of Macedonia in Managing Migration/Refugees Crisis on Balkan Route

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.

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