Continuation of support to the Working Group for the development of the "Strategy in the field of migration and asylum and the Action Plan for the period 2021-2025"

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In Konjic, from 26th July 2021 to 28th July 2021, a working meeting of the Working Group for the development of the „Strategy in the field of migration and asylum and the Action Plan for the period 2021 – 2025“ was held within the project "Reducing irregular migration to the EU by strengthening the capacity of migration-related structures in the Western Balkans". The Ministry of Security of BiH, with the active support of Hilfswerk International and Association „HAJDE“, as well as the participation of members of the working group, worked on the consideration of previously submitted remarks, comments, and suggestions on the draft text of the Strategy in the field of migration and asylum, as well as the action plan for the mentioned period.

The working group consists of representatives of: Ministry of Security of BIH, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of BiH, Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees of BiH, Ministry of Civil Affairs of BIH, Service for Foreigner's Affairs of BiH, Border Police of BIH, State Investigation and Protection Agency, Ministry of Interior of RS, Republic Secretariat for Displaced Persons and Migration of RS, Federal Civil Protection Administration, and the Government of Brčko District. Representatives of the Government of Sarajevo Canton, Public Institution "Cantonal Center for Social Work", as well as representatives of the EU Delegation to BiH, IOM, and UNHCR also contributed to the work of the working group.

The event resulted in joint harmonization of important issues of the document and the content of the Strategy and Action Plan, as well as mutual exchange of ways to resolve relevant issues related to migration and asylum, with emphasis on all actors involved and their maximum potential for contribution to its development and future implementation of the action plan and their further engagement.

In further work, the Ministry of Security will, through the continued support of Hilfswerk International, implement the necessary activities with the participation of representatives of the working group, with the aim of successfully completing the drafting of the strategic document and all forthcoming procedures.

The project "Reducing Irregular Migration in the EU by Strengthening the Capacity of Migration-Related Structures in the Western Balkans" is co-financed by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and the Federal Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Austria and implemented by Hilfswerk International in cooperation with the Association for Help and Development "HAJDE”.