Strengthening Capacities of migration-related structures
in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, North Macedonia, and Montenegro
The cooperation of border and security authorities as well as migration-related institutions in the Western Balkans is proving difficult; there is hardly any coordinated action against irregular migration through the region to the European Union.
These transit countries often lack the capacity to deal with irregular migration in a targeted and, above all, joint manner. This favors people smugglers, and once they arrive country of destination, migrants' expectations are often not met.
The current weak mutual connection between the countries in the Western Balkans have far-reaching effects on people fleeing and irregular migration to the European Union.
Therefore, Hilfswerk International strengthens migration-related structures in the Western Balkans.
The overall objective of the project is to contribute to better cooperation in the Western Balkans to reduce irregular migration to the European Union.
The specific objective is to strengthen migration-related structures in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, North Macedonia, and Montenegro. This objective will be achieved through capacity building and strengthening of security and border structures in the Western Balkans for better cooperation, networking, and coordination. The following results, measurable by the listed indicators, are to be achieved within the framework of this project:
- A draft regional implementation plan for the reduction of irregular migration in the Western Balkans has been developed.
- The capacities of the ministries in the Western Balkans are strengthened with regard to readmission plans
- Communication between national and international organizations supporting migrants in the region is improved
- Communication barriers in the cooperation between migration-relevant institutions and between authorities and migrants are reduced
In order to reduce irregular migration to the European Union via the Western Balkans route, this concept provides for intensive capacity building for migration-related structures in the Western Balkan states of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, North Macedonia and Montenegro, while respecting fundamental and human rights. The main focus is on the drafting of a regional implementation plan for the reduction of irregular migration, capacity building in the migration-related institutions, strengthened cooperation between the institutions and improved communication.
- Migration-relevant structures in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, North Macedonia, and Montenegro are identified
- Data collection from migration-relevant authorities, structures, and actors in the region
- Two stakeholder meetings with representatives of the regional border and security authority
- Work meeting with representatives to develop a regional implementation plan
- Supporting the Ministry of Human Rights in Bosnia in all 4 countries in the development of readmission plans.
- Network meetings with national and international organizations working directly with people on the run
- Provision of a translation tool for staff of border and security authorities
- Final conference for knowledge exchange and recommendations for future regional cooperation
With these activities we reach 2,980 people in migration-related structures with 28 capacitiy building measures.
This project is co-financed by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior.