Foster social inclusion of Roma communities in Albania through targeted interventions for vulnerable children (January 2014 – June 2015)
Geographical coverage: Regions of Gjirokastra (including Saranda and Delvina), Korca, Devoll, in Albania
Executing agency: International Organization for Migration
Beneficiaries: Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth, Ombudsman and the Ministry of Internal Affairs
Implementing Partners: Union for Development and Integration of Roma Minority in Albania, “Amaro-Drom”
Duration: January 2014 – September 2015
The overall objective of the action is to promote social inclusion of Roma communities in Albania through targeted interventions for vulnerable children, in line with the national policy framework* and the obligations deriving from the EU accession process. The action targets one of the most vulnerable categories of children in Albania, that of Roma Unaccompanied Minors (UAM) who return from Greece. The main target group of the project is Roma UAMs returning in the regions of Gjirokastra (including Saranda and Delvina), Korca and Devoll, who have been or are in risk of exploitation/trafficking within and outside the country.
The action will contribute to prevent the phenomena of unaccompanied minors in migration from Roma community and their exploitation, and to protect those minors affected by emigration and exploitation, through the promotion of social inclusion in their communities of origin. This broader objective will be realised through the following specific objectives: (i) To assess Roma children vulnerabilities to trans-border labour exploitation and trafficking as to advice future policy and institutional response; (ii) To advance the application of a protection system for UAMs in Albania; (iii) To increase access to services to Roma UAMs and mobilize communities in the targeted regions. Institutional and civil response, along community mobilisation efforts for prevention of Roma children exploitation/trafficking inside and outside of the country will be strengthened as to ensure adequate protection and access to services in a long term. By doing so, the action will make a valuable contribution to the Government efforts for operationalizing the National Action Plan for the Roma Decade (2010-2015).
This project is funded by the Delegation of the European Union in Albania and the International Organization for Migration.
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* The policy framework includes the National Action Plan for the Decade of Roma Inclusion (2010-2015), the National Action Plan for the Fight Against Trafficking in Children and Protection of Children Victims of Trafficking (2011-2013) and the new Strategy on Social Inclusion (2007-2013)