Balkan Exchange Day
On 7 November, IOM Belgium, together with Caritas and Fedasil, organized a Balkan Exchange Day. The event served as a forum for IOM offices and implementing partners from both inside Belgium and the Balkan region, to talk over the successes and challenges of the ‘Administrative Assistance’ project, which offers an alternative assistance to vulnerable cases that return voluntarily to Western Balkan countries, i.e. Serbia, Albania, Kosovo*, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and the Republic of North Macedonia.
A total of 40 people attended the event and included 10 different NGO and non-profit organization partners in Belgium.
IOM offices from Albania, Northern Macedonia, Kosovo* and Serbia, Caritas Serbia and Caritas partner C.S.I Nadez (a local implementing partner helping marginalized groups in Northern Macedonia), presented their experiences with the programme and the overall migration context in the Balkans.
The round-table activities held over the course of the day bore fruitful discussions between local partners in Belgium and the Balkans to better understand each other’s context, operations and needs, which will lead for better collaboration and an improved reintegration process for beneficiaries.
This event was part of the Balkan Exchange Week. Please find more information here.
* References to Kosovo shall be understood to be in the context of United Nations Security Council resolution 1244 (1999).