Analysis - Illegal Migration and Asylum
Analysis of the national policies and practices for dealing with illegal migration and asylum seekers
The fight against illegal migration is a question of high priority for the Western Balkans. Macedonia with its central location within the Balkan region is vulnerable to illegal migration. From the evidence on the ground it can be concluded that Macedonia is not their final destination, but a transit route to the EU countries. However, many of them also decide to stay and seek better life within Macedonian borders. Although this issue is one of the biggest threats for the region, it is not clear why the EU has not addressed it sufficiently by now. The capacities of the Western Balkan (WB) countries to deal with this issue are questionable as well.
Macedonia is lacking an independent insight into the issues and there has never been an analysis made by independent CSOs tackling the illegal migrations and the asylum seekers in the country.
Analytica have started a project on analyzing national policies and practices for dealing with illegal migration and asylum seekers. The project will be implemented until September 2013. The main objectives of the project are:
- Assessment of the national solutions dealing with illegal migration and asylum and the capacities of the country to handle illegal migration;
- Providing recommendations for improvement of the Government policies in the field of migration and asylum;
- Raising awareness about challenges for dealing with illegal migration;
- Analysis of the security risks for the country due to the increased number of illegal immigrants.
The project is funded by the Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of the Armed Forces from Switzerland (DCAF).