The Balkan Refugee and Migration Council: Making a pathway for a common Western Balkan migration policy

The project contributes to making of a coherent regional Western Balkans migration policy, which will enable coordinated and effective response to the common migration challenges, in alignment with the EU law and international human rights standards.

Project objective is to promote policy making at the regional level based on the reliable and comprehensive data, thorough and knowledgeable policy analysis, constant exchanges and well-informed policy discussions and capacity building and internal development of the Balkan Refugee and Migration Council.

Activities:

1) Implementation of annual processes of policy research and analyses and preparation of policy reports on migration trends, challenges and developments in the Western Balkan region,

2) Monitoring implementation of laws and policies, analysing rigorously those newly-introduced procedures and measures, especially their implementation during the border control procedures,

3) Capacity building and developing expertise of the members of the Balkan Refugee and Migration Council.

Target groups: government officials (including decision-makers), relevant regional organisations, relevant officials in the EU institutions, civil society organisations (members of BRMC and other CSOs from Western Balkan with proven track records in working on asylum and migration issues), relevant international agencies and international civil society organisations.

Implementation period: November 2018, 3 years (36 months)

Geographical area: Western Balkan region: Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Macedonia (FYR Macedonia), Albania and Montenegro.

Partners: Belgrade Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), Civil Rights Program Kosovo (CRP/K), Macedonian Young Lawyers Associations (MYLA), Vaša prava Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Donor: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Serbia.

*This designation is without prejudice to position on status and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

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