The purpose of the workshop is to examine the relation between the outstanding role of local CSOs managing migration flows in the Balkan region since 2015, and the features of their organization and positioning in the institutional framework of their countries, in order to elaborate on how to take stock of this experience and suggest regulatory improvements at central and local levels.

The organization of the workshop foresees the presentation of the CSOs’ practices and proposals by four panellists (12 minutes each), coordinated by the CEI Focal Point Migrations: all attendees are invited to contribute with their own inputs. The panellists will interact and elaborate with their comments for the finalization of justified, shared assumptions.

Panellists who confirmed attendance are:

  • Rados Djurovic,

Executive Director of APC (Asylum Protection Center – Serbia);

  • Martina Smilevska- Kcheva,

Program Manager – Refugees and Migrants Rights Program (Macedonian Young Lawyers Association – Macedonia)

  • Emanuela C. Del Re, President of EPOS

(International Mediating and Negotiating Operational Agency – Italy)

  • Stefano Volpicelli, expert of ICS (International Consortium of Solidarity – Italy).

In outcome, the workshop is expected to provide inputs for CSOs on adapting their approaches to the challenges of migration management, and also for decision-makers, regarding the ways in which to best benefit from the capacity of the civil society, in their efforts to integrate people looking for international protection and jobs, thereby also boosting resilience and territorial development of areas which are lagging behind.

As follow up, the conclusions from the panel will be elaborated within the Civil Society Forum in order to define recommendations and feed the dialogue on the subject with political leaders taking part in the WB Summit Series.

The workshop is intended for participants representing CSOs committed to migrants’ assistance and integration in the WB region and in its neighbouring countries, and for people interested in the subject.

The workshop will start at 03.00 p.m. and last up to 06.00, if appropriate. It will be hosted by the Central European Initiative at the premises of its Head Quarter in via Genova 9, Trieste.