Networking and Capacity Building for More Effective Migration Policy in Serbia

The Project was dedicated to the improvement of public policies and institutional practices related to asylum and readmission. All project activities aimed at achieving a higher extent of compliance with international and EU standards in the field of asylum and migration, with strong emphasis on the standards related to human rights and inclusion of vulnerable social groups. The project was strongly dedicated to the development of knowledge on specific migration topics and dialogue on migration policies, which included both state authorities and civil society equally. An informal network of relevant civil society organisations was established within the project, and special focus was placed on building up capacities of this network and on joint activities in the fields of monitoring, analysis, reporting, public advocacy and drafting policy documents.

Project Goals:
Increasing the network and strengthening capacities of civil society organisations for monitoring policies and practices related to asylum and forced migration, paying particular attention to exercising human rights and to social inclusion processes of asylum seekers and migrants.

Activities:
1. Establishment of two thematic groups for policy analysis and public advocacy (asylum and readmission)
2. Training on standards and good practices related to asylum and migration
3. On-the-spot monitoring of the practice and application of legislation and measures related to asylum and readmission
4. Seminar on migration management in border areas
5. Training on public advocacy (including the definition of advocacy platforms)
6. Further development of the regional web portal on forced migration [migracije.org]
7. Developing and publishing policy reports on the reception of asylum seekers and on the phenomenon of secondary displacement of forced migrants, minority communities’ members and socially excluded persons who return to Serbia based on the Readmission Agreement.
8. A regional conference on asylum and readmission issues in the Western Balkans region
Target Groups: civil society organisations, state bodies and institutions, local institutions and governments, forced migrants (asylum seekers and returnees on the basis of the Readmission Agreements)

Results:
1. Two thematic groups for policy analyses and public advocacy in the field of asylum and readmission included representatives of 15 relevant civil society organisations and started functioning through periodical working meetings, joint monitoring activities, consultation and exchange of information
2. 50 representatives of civil society organisations and state and local institutions extended their knowledge on international standards and learned about examples of good practice in the field of asylum and migration
3. A lot of information and data gathered through dozens of field visits to relevant locations and institutions, and through interviews with relevant stakeholders in the field of asylum and migration.
4. 45 representatives of local institutions, CSOs and state institutions participated in the exchange of information and knowledge and discussed about specific challenges related to migration in the border area (Subotica)
5. 20 representatives of CSOs (including both public advocacy and policy analysis group) improved their know-how and skills in public advocacy and developed two working advocacy platforms related to asylum and readmission policies in Serbia
6. Over 100 new documents related to asylum and readmission issues published on the regional web portal migracije.org
7. 500 copies of the policy document published in a PDF format titled: Challenges of Forced Migration in Serbia: A Second Look at the Issue Asylum and Readmission (with two separate policy reports – ‘Reception of Asylum Seekers in the Republic of Serbia’ and ‘Between Reintegration and Secondary Displacement’)
8. 95 representatives of relevant institutions, international organisations and civil society organisations from four countries in the Western Balkans region participated in the presentation of the Report “Challenges of Forced Migration in Serbia:  A Second Look at the Issue Asylum and Readmission”, and in the exchange of information and discussions on asylum and migration issues in the Western Balkans

Implementation period: 1February 2012 – 3 January 2013

Geographic area: Serbia

Partners: Belgrade Centre for Human Rights and Belgrade Centre for Security Policy

Donor: Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade

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