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Support to the Implementation of the Albanian National Strategy on Migration (February 2007 – July 2009)

Objective: To support the Government of Albania in the process of implementing an effective migration, return and readmission system in compliance with EU and international standards and to enhance the successful and timely implementation of the Albanian Strategy on Migration and its Action Plan by strengthening the institutional capacities at the central and local level through.
  • Enhancing the implementation of the National Action Plan on Migration through capacity building actions

Supporting the establishment and functioning of a coordination/monitoring system; capacity building actions of main migration management structures to develop and implement migration related policies; training on migration legislation for government officials; elaboration of practical manual on the implementation of migration legislation.

  • Engaging in the direct implementation of the National Action Plan on Migration through support to:

Return and reintegration process including: identification of most affected areas by emigration and return, profiling returning migrants, identifying existing opportunities for vocational training and outlining gaps, capacity building of regional employment offices through training and equipment in six areas of the country respectively in Kukes, Fier, Diber, Berat, Shkoder and Lezhe.

Enhance the link between migration and development of the country including: capacity building of the Albanian authorities to provide services to Albanian Diaspora community in EU member states, improving the image of Albanians abroad; training of the Albanian diplomatic service in migrant rights; supporting the Albanian government to develop and launch an information campaign on migrant’s rights, return migration, migration and development, fostering the exchange of information and cooperation among the Ombudsman Office in Albania and the Ombudsman Offices and Albanian migrant associations in both Greece and Italy on migrant’s rights protection.

3. Assist in the successful implementation of the readmission agreement with the European Community through the evaluation of the implementation process

Duration: February 2007 – July 2009

  • Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Interior and other ministries involved with the implementation of the National Strategy on Migration
  • The Albanian diplomatic service in Italy, Greece, UK, Belgium, Germany, USA and Canada.
  • Migrant families in Albania
  • Migrant communities and Albanian Diaspora in Italy, Greece, UK and Germany

Donors: EC Delegation in Tirana, Italian Goverment