Legis – part of the international scientific conference „Migration of the population – the phenomenon of the fleeing”

On the 18th and 19th of November, in Zagreb took place the international scientific conference titled: „Migration of the population – the phenomenon of the fleeing”

This conference was organized by: The Bosnian National Community of Zagreb, the Institute for Migration and population Zagreb.

The same conference was attended by many University professors, institutions, which for years have done researches on migration of the population; a special focus was given to the migration of the population from the Former Yugoslav Republic, inside its borders and beyond as well.

Great interest sparked the lecture of Prof. Dr. Tomas Hajevski from Poland, who had a pretty thorough presentation about the Polish refugees who had been admitted as refugees in Iran during the Second World War. „Iran had offered them conditions in which they cherished their culture, language and religion. Iran was honored to have welcomed these suffering people that were placed among the citizens of Iran.”

Representative of NGO Legis was the general secretary Mersiha Smailovik, who in this conference familiarized the attendants about the situation of the refugees in Macedonia, and how the country of transit suddenly became the country of admission. But, at the end of her presentation she mentioned the main concerns of the refugees who are stranded in Macedonia more than 9 months:

  • „Psychological state of refugees detained in TC Tabanovce and TC Vinojug;
  • Legal status of Refugees/migrants detained in TC Vinojug and TC Tabanovce;
  • Freedom of movement of Asylum seekers in TC Vinojug and refugees without status;
  • Law on asylum and temporary Protection;
  • Boosting of irregular routes and abuse of vulnerable population by mobility facilitators, states.
  • Ping-pong and push back, effect with refugees/migrants in the Western Balkans.

Although it’s hard to find a solution for the challenge that the refugees gave to Europe, nevertheless in her speech Mersiha mentioned specific ways how to find a solution between the human rights and the obligations that the countries have to the Conventions, and the actual fears that exist now in EU, with the extremism of the rightists and the spreading of the hate speech.


  • Full and inclusive implementation of 1951 Convention and access to asylum
  • Registration of persons arriving
  • Profiling – international protection needs/specific needs and vulnerabilities
  • Referral to adequate national protection mechanisms
  • UNHCR/NGO stands ready to work with the Governments to introduce and/or enhance protection-sensitive migration management systems. “


The conference ended with recommendations, which in the name of all intellectuals will be sent to the MPs of the Croatian Parliament, but also to others, and all the lectures will be published on March 2017, in the Collection of speeches from the conference.