OSCE Mission to Skopje Roundtable

OSCE Mission to Skopje Roundtable

On 13 March 2018, the OSCE Mission to Skopje organised a roundtable named Recommendation for an Overreaching Contingency Plan on Migration. Representatives of other relevant civil organisations and government institutions  dealing with the issue of migration were invited: the state secretaries of the Ministries of Health, Interior, Labour and Social Policy respectively, the director of the Crisis Management Centre, the director of the Protection and Rescue Directorate, as well as representatives of UNHCR, UNICEF, IOM, the Red Cross, MYLA, and Legis. Representatives of the Embassies of Austria, Greece, and Serbia respectively, also took participation in the round table.

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Jasmin Redjepi, as a representative of Legis, talked about the organisation’s work, but also emphasised the issue of irregular migration, i.e. dealing with the opposite direction or tendency of movement of refugees/migrants, from Serbia through Macedonia to Greece. Thus, he asked for protection of refugees/migrants in cases of irregular migration. Jasmin highlighted the need for the involvement of the civil sector in the process of coordination and decision making, especially of those organisations that have been actively and successfully working on the field. His opinion was supported by representatives of various international and local NGOs, as well as by the Crisis Management Center.

Photo credit: OSCE Mission to Skopje

The conclusion of the roundtable was that crisis management bodies and law enforcement institutions need to strengthen their communication and cooperation in order to better deal with potential migration flows. The representatives contributed further by giving recommendations for developing a National Contingency Plan on Migration.