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Enhancing Albanian government capacity to assist Albanian migrants abroad and upon return (January 2011 – March 2012)

Project type: Technical Cooperation

Geographical coverage: Albania

Executing agency: International Organization for Migration

Beneficiaries: Albanian Consular Officers in EU member states, in the Western Balkan (WB) countries, and the 36 Sportele Migracioni (SM) within the National Employment Service

Partner(s): Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Labour Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities (MoLSAEO)

Duration: January 2011 – March 2012


The project aimed to enhance the Albanian government capacity to inform, assist and protect Albanian migrants abroad and upon return, with the final goal of contributing to more sustainable migration processes, ultimately benefitting the country’s development.

Project intervention consisted of two main components, namely:
a) Capacity building actions to enhance Albanian Consular Service capacity for service provision to Albanian migrants abroad; The following activities were implemented: training sessions on migration management issues and on the daily assistance to Albanian migrants abroad for Albanian Consular officers in EU member states and neighbouring WB countries; practical support to Albanian Consular Officers on service provision to Albanians abroad

b) Support to the Sportele Migracioni towards enhanced service provision to returnees.
This component aimed to build up the technical infrastructure at 22 new SMs as well to upgrade the existing infrastructure in 14 SMs to provide for better services to returning migrants as well as other categories of migrants served by SMs. A joint assessment by the Ministry of Labour structures and IOM was conducted for this purpose to identify the needs in all 36 SMs.

2. Increase the SM operational capacity for service provision to returning migrants
On the job training was provided by IOM and MoLSAEO experts to at least 36 SMs staff on reintegration needs assessment and referral. On the job training took place in each Regional Employment Office and involved both SM staff from these offices and SM staff from local offices under their jurisdiction.