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Supporting Western Balkan Countries in Efficiently Responding to the Challenges Posed by Migration of Unaccompanied Minors

Geographical coverage: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Serbia

Executing agency: IOM missions in Western Balkan countries

Beneficiaries: Law Enforcement Officials in the participating countries, UAMs and their families

Implementing Partners: The Albanian Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth; the Ministry for Internal Affairs/Sector for Border Affairs and Migration (The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia); Border Police and Service for Foreigners' Affairs in Bosnia and Herzegovina; Ministry of Interior, Border Police Directorate, Commissariat for Refugees and Migration (Serbia).

Duration: 1 September 2014- 30 November 2015 (15 months)

The overall objective of the project is to strengthening the capacity of Western Balkan (WB) countries for applying common approaches and actions in responding to the challenges posed by the migration of unaccompanied minors (UAMs), in line with EU priorities and actions in the area. The project will apply a human rights-centred approach that takes into account the fundamental principles of decision making based on the best interest of the child. The project aims to: a) to enhance the identification and protection of unaccompanied minors in the WB; b) to improve prevention efforts on migration of UAMs through awareness rising. These aims will be realised through a set of project activities organized under two project components. The first one of which foresees to undertake a national gap analysis of responses to migration component will focus on the analysis of the situation of UAMs in each WB country including the analysis of policies, legislation and institutional capacities for addressing challenges related to emigration of UAMs. The activities under the second project component will aim at raising the awareness of the overall population in each WB country on the rights of minors, as well as risks of engaging in irregular migration toward the European Union.

The project complements also the activities of the on-going IOM Tirana intervention “Foster social inclusion of Roma communities in Albania through targeted interventions for vulnerablechildren”, funded by the EU Delegation in Albania.



Teuta Grazhdani

Project Manager and Developer
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