Enhancing Capacities and Mechanisms to Identify and Protect Vulnerable Migrants in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, UNSC 1244 Kosovo, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia.)

Implementing UN Agency:   International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Project Start/End Dates:      1 July 2016 – 31 July 2017

Brief Project Description

The overall objective of the project is to strengthen capacities throughout the region to manage migration and protect vulnerable migrants in a coordinated manner. The project will be mainly focused to: Enhance awareness and capacities of relevant stakeholders at entry points and other first contact points to implement a rights-based approach to the screening and identification of vulnerable migrants; Strengthen national capacities and enhanced cooperation between border officials and national and regional police in the identification and referral of Unaccompanied Migrant Children (UMC); Strengthen capacities of law enforcement bodies, including border officials, to identify migrant smugglers, smuggling activities, and distinguish cases of smuggling from cases of TiP, as well as strengthened capacities of prosecutors and the judiciary to prosecute identified cases; Enhance capacities for further contingency planning in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, UNSC 1244 Kosovo, and Montenegro and Regular dialogue facilitated and supported at the regional level, with IOM-UNHCR Regional Initiative informing on best practices and lessons learned.

Project Financial Partners:  U.S. Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM)

Name PoCSD Outcome that this project falls under: Outcome 1 - Governance and Rule of Law