In the period between 19th October 2015 – 18th October 2016, IOM Skopje implemented the „ Establishment of an Early Warning Information Sharing Network along the Migration Route from Greece to Hungary and Croatia„ project, funded by the Swiss Secretariat for Migration. The overall objective of the project was to contribute to the ongoing efforts of the Governments of Greece, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, as well as Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Hungary, in addressing the emergency situation through the establishment of an Information Sharing Network that ensures the provision of key information on the nature and scale of flows, while ensuring a strong focus on the specific needs of migrants. Through the activities within the project the systems for management of mixed migration flows were enhanced in all countries along the Western Balkans routes contributing to improved information sharing, such as data on number of arrivals and vulnerabilities. In addition, IOM supported national institutions in all countries of project implementation to ensure adequate support is available, especially pertaining to vulnerable migrants.
Moreover, the Network created within the project scope serves to enable the provision of urgent assistance to migrants in transit avoiding duplication and ensuring cost-effectiveness. Also, implementation of the activities contributed toward preparing the countries to promptly react and ensure adequate assistance to those arriving at their borders. The excellent practice of mutual coordination of activities between the countries has produced outstanding results in such urgent and critical situations.
Within the framework of the project an event was organized on the 16th of September, in “Vodenica Mulino” for presentation of the project results. The event was organized by the IOM Skopje office, and was attended by representatives of national authorities and international organizations, as well as the Deputy Head of Mission in the Embassy of Switzerland in the Republic of Macedonia. The aim of the event was to present the achievements and results of the project, as well as the findings of the assessment on Migrant Intentions and Assisted Voluntary Return Mechanisms, conducted in June, by IOM Skopje.