Migrant and Refugee Human Rights Protection Project

Migrant and Refugee Issues
Raising Awareness and Education about Migrant and Refugee Issues

WHAT IS THE MIGRANT AND REFUGEE HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION PROJECT?

Migrant And Refugee Human Rights Protection Project (MRHRPP) is a $673,301, two-and-a-half year activity to support the implementation of the international human rights standards and refugee law in North Macedonia.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Through a grant to the Macedonian Young Lawyers Association (MYLA), the program works to:

  • Increase the capacity of government institutions and civil society organizations to assist and treat migrants and refugees; 
  • Improve collaboration and cross-border information sharing on migrant and refugee related issues among CSOs from the Wester Balkan region;
  • Raise public awareness and education about migrant and refugee issues;
  • Monitor procedures applied to migrants at the borders, detention center for foreigners, and transit reception centers;
  • Provide legal assistance and counseling on asylum, and support legal redress for victims or survivors of crime, torture and human rights violations; and
  • Educate migrants and refugees about their rights.

WHAT HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED?

  • 228 representatives of government institutions and CSOs providing assistance to vulnerable categories of migrants and refugees have been trained through the project.
  • Cooperation has been strengthened between North Macedonia and Greek and Serbian CSOs working on migrant- and refugee-related issues.
  • 226 citizens of North Macedonia from 12 towns attended 15 storytelling events – Coffee with Migrants – and had the opportunity to directly interact with refugees and learn about their personal experiences on their way to and in North Macedonia.
  • Through art therapy workshops, 139 migrants have been assisted with coping with the trauma experienced on their journeys.
  • 20 migrants received free legal aid.
  • 3 videos have been developed to raise public awareness about refugee issues.
  • 3 animated videos have been developed to educate migrants and refugees about their rights and responsibilities, and the risks of illegal transit through countries.
  • Picture books and animated cartoons for refugee children have been distributed in transit camps.
  • A humanitarian art bazaar has been organized.

Last updated: March 14, 2019

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