Regional back-to-back meeting on asylum and migration management

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The three-day Regional back-to-back meeting on asylum and migration management, organized in cooperation with the Migration, Asylum, Refugees Regional Initiative (MARRI) Regional Centre was held in Budva from the 11th to the 14th April. Introductory speeches were given by Sashko Kocev, Director of MARRI RC, Sergej Mucalica, Acting Director General for European Affairs, International Cooperation and Support Programs at the Ministry of the Interior of Montenegro, and Hilfswerk International Regional Director for the Balkans, Suzana Jašarević.

Asylum Officials were invited to present information on the current state-of-play with the systems for international protection, particularly concerning the legal framework for the functioning of the systems for asylum, possible influence of the newest migration trends, and dealing with vulnerable categories. The New Pact on Migration and Asylum of the European Union was also presented at the meeting. The participants were also invited to give a presentation of the systems for reception of asylum seekers in MARRI Participants, in regard to particular legal regulation, organizational structure, and cooperation between reception centres in MARRI Participants.

Additionally, the participants discussed cooperation between asylum authorities and border police units regarding asylum procedures. These procedures include the procedure for transfer from an irregular migrant to an asylum seeker, prevention of movement, and conducting asylum procedure on BCP, including international airports. Furthermore, the participants were presented the Strategy for UNHCR engagement in Mixed Movements in the Western Balkans and had the opportunity to discuss the needs and gaps in the Regional Remote Interpretation Service (RRIS), as well as cooperation between EUAA and MARRI.

The meeting was organised within the project "Reducing irregular migration to the EU by strengthening the capacity of migration-related structures in the Western Balkans", funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and the Austrian Ministry of Interior, and implemented by Hilfswerk International and local partner Association HAJDE.