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Omran is Afghan boy, temporarily accommodated at the Reception Centre for Asylum Seekers. The conflict-induced displacement took him on the road towards the Western Europe, where he wanted to join his relatives in a safe and secured environment.
Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) is one out of a number of migration management services IOM offers to migrants and governments.
From the beginning of the European migrant crisis in 2015 and onwards to this day, there have been an estimated more than a million migrants who transited through the country on the Western Balkan Route, many of whom were vulnerable categories of migrants, including women and young girls, unaccompanied minors, elderly, families with children and other.
IOM Skopje in collaboration with the Ministry of Interior – Border Police organized two 2-day workshops from 20-23 February for total 50 participants from the Border Police on procedures for dealing with vulnerable categories of migrants and intercultural differences by engaging international and local experts.
The MigApp is IOM’s institutional tool that leverages current technology and the widespread use of mobile telecommunications to bring a secure, objective and user-friendly downloadable app which serves as a one-stop-shop platform where migrants can access current, reliable and practical information and IOM services.
On 14 and 15 February, IOM Skopje representative together with representatives from the Macedonian Ministry of Interior together with IOM offices and law enforcement officials from Serbia, Bosna and Herzegovina and Montenegro attended a two-day workshop on exchanging regional experiences and best practices on the Schengen Border Code with focus on the new EU regulations, compensatory measures and the Schengen calculator.