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Return/Reintegration Third Country National Victims of trafficking stranded in Albania (January 2000 - September 2002)

The purpose of this project was to facilitate the voluntary return and reintegration of irregular migrants, victims of smuggling and trafficking, stranded in Albania , to their respective countries of origin. From January 2000 to September 2002, IOM and the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) offices in Albania were running the shelter jointly and more than 240 third country victims of trafficking were assisted by the project. From Sept 2002 to June 2003, IOM continued to offer the services on its own and in July 2003 the shelter services were handed over to the Government to run the National Reception Centre. The project was financed by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). An MoU was signed between IOM, MoLSA and the Ministry of Public Order (MOPO) and services were offered by the third parties. IOM assisted with the rehabilitation of the building, training of staff, and on-the-job training by providing three social workers in the role of technical supporters for newly employed staff at MOLSA. As mentioned above, IOM continued to support the NRC.

The legal status of international victims awaiting repatriation is not regulated. While some international victims have applied for refugee status, procedures for temporary visas are not yet in place.