European Commission support to MARRI through IPA II funded “Regional Support of Protection Sensitive Migration Management in the Western Balkans and Turkey” Project

In order to support the governments of Western Balkans and Turkey on migration management, in January 2016 the European Commission launched a three-year regional programme “Regional Support to Protection-Sensitive Migration Management in the Western Balkan and Turkey” with IPA II funding.

As beneficiary of the programme in subject, MARRI RC in partnership with International Organization for Migration (IOM) as implementing partner of European Commission, is actively participating in following project activities aimed at strengthening MARRI’s role in the regional migration management:

  • Enhancing information exchange of non-personal data and data at the intra-regional and inter-regional levels (WB-MIDEX) and,
  • Establishing joint pool of interpreters in the Western Balkans region and designing and implementing pilot project in Serbia and North Macedonia as key MARRI Participants on the migrants’ route.

In the framework of above mentioned activities, IOM engaged an independent expert to assess MARRI national structures and capacities in relation to the role anticipated by IPA II regional support. IOM also supported development of GAP Analysis that provided valuable inputs for overall MARRI reform aimed at upgrading financial, human and technical resources in MARRI and its Participants and offered recommendations for building the institutional and technical capacities towards requirements for strategic and long-term management of the regional migration. The findings of the Gap Analysis were valuable contribution in the development of MARRI Strategy 2017-2020, also supported by IOM.

“SFF – Strengthening regional migration governance” Project

In line with the previous assistance to MARRI, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through German International Cooperation (GIZ) have decided to further support the Initiative by developing and implementing a joint project that will strengthen the regional migration dialogue and cooperation in the Western Balkans at local, national and regional level. With the aim to thematically deepen the understanding of migration issues among all relevant partners and stakeholders in the region, MARRI with the support of GIZ will organize one workshop in each MARRI Participant where representatives of national administrations, local government, international organizations, research/academic institutions and civil society will discuss the migration governance, especially in regards to the Initiative and its adopted strategy. The outcome of these consultative workshops will serve as a basis for development of a multi-annual regional project, intended to provide support, tools and knowledge for enhanced migration management.

“Support of the sustainable development of cooperation among border police in Southeast Europe”  – BORDAIRPOL II

On 10 March 2016 Director of MARRI Regional Centre signed the Contract with Swiss State Secretariat for Migration on donation of 367.225 euro for the implementation of project activities aimed at upgrading cooperation of border authorities in the Southeast Europe. Project under working title BORDAIRPOL II envisaged organization of five strategic meeting designated for the Heads of the Border Police Sectors, eight tailored made trainings for the police officers at the operational level as well as maintenance of the existing secured platform for data exchange among beneficiaries, which server has been managed by MARRI RC in Skopje.

The aim of the Project was further strengthening of the border authorities in SEE and supporting the European integration process of the region. Established partnership with DCAF and FRONTEX in the project activities implementation represented its added value. The activities were carried out from April 2016 to December 2018.

“Strengthening collaboration between the local and the national tiers in the management of migrations” – MIGRALONA Project 2017-2018

On 11 September 2017, MARRI RC in partnership with Central European Initiative – Executive Secretariat (CEI) and Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe (NALAS) commenced the implementation of  “Strengthening collaboration between the local and the national tiers in the management of migrations” – MIGRALONA project. The project was co-financed by Autonomous Region of Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, CEI and the other partners and had general objective to improve the collaboration between the relevant central and local governments of MARRI Participants through international dissemination of the Italian SPRAR (The National Asylum Seekers and Refugees Protection System) model. The duration of the project was 6 months for which period the following activities were implemented:

  • Six national workshops organized by NALAS for elected representatives and leading civil servants of central and local governments with goal to identify strengths and weaknesses in managing the process of reception and assistance/integration of migrants in each MARRI Participant.
  • A three-day regional workshop in organization of MARRI RC held on 14-15 March 2018 in Skopje where six ministerial representatives and six representatives of the national associations of MARRI Participants presented the state of play of the national legal frameworks and their implementation related to institutional and public-private cooperation for the reception and assistance/integration of migrants in the Western Balkans.

MIGRALONA was built on the recommendations and Conclusions of the international conference “Acting together in Migration Management – Enhancing Coordination among Local and Central Level” held on March 17th, 2016 in Skopje. The conclusions of the conference have raised the interest and commitment of the participants for stronger coordination and collaboration in managing reception, assistance and integration of migrants among local, national administrations and non-governmental organizations.


SAFERR Women and Girls (Shelter and Access for Empowerment and Risk Reduction)” Project with support of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) 2017

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Regional workshop “Irregular migration and THB – International standards for protection of migrants at risk of trafficking in human beings with particular focus on women and children along the migration route” Report

Assessment Report “Challenges in the identification and protection of vulnerable individuals and victims of gender based violence and trafficking in human beings in the context of migration crisis”


MARRI International Conference “Acting together in migration management – enhancing coordination among central and local level” 2016


MARRI “Improvement of the Procedures for Establishing Identity of Irregular Migrants in the MARRI Region’ Project 2015-2016









MARRI BORDIARPOL Project 2013-2016


MARRI Migration Paper 2012
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Joint comprehensive approach in building co-operation between MARRI and SEPCA Member States’ border police on international airport border crossing points 2012
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Migration for development in the Western Balkans 2012
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MARRI MS visa systems 2009
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MARRI MS visa statistics 2008
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Visa regime Overview 2007

MARRI Migration Paper 2007
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