On the occasion of launching the findings of the regional Analysis of COVID-19 influence on migration in the MARRI Participants in the areas of irregular migration, trafficking in human beings and asylum, MARRI RC organised a virtual Regional Conference “Tuning migration procedures to Covid-19: Good practices and way forward” where policy makers, practitioners, service providers and other key migration stakeholders discussed the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on the migration governance.
Apart from representatives of the MARRI Participants, the conference was highly attended by representatives of international organisations, non-governmental organisations and academia, among which ICMPD, EASO, UNHCR, GIZ, NALAS, MYLA, NGO Legis, La Strada, Terre de Hommes Albania and others.
Following the opening remarks by MARRI RC Director Sashko Kocev and GIZ North Macedonia Team Leader Michael Samec, the conference proceeded in three working sessions where the findings of the above mentioned analysis were presented by topic. The discussions were led by the team of researchers Professor Trpe Stojanovski, Ms. Rovena Voda and Ms. Elma Tershana and focused on:
- The impact that COVID-19 pandemic had on the migration in the MARRI Participants;
- Identification gaps and needs of the key migration stakeholders in adapting to the new situation;
- Good practices for efficient and effective implementation of World Health Organisation recommendations in the daily work of the practitioners.
With active participation by all attendees, the discussions resulted in shaping of policy recommendations concerning the above-mentioned areas.
The activity was an integral part of the regional project ¨Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Human Beings in the Western Balkans¨ (PaCT) commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and MARRI as strategic partner.