Consultative meeting – Migration and the Right to Asylum
On September 4-5 in Belgrade, a consultative meeting was organised titled “Migration and the Right to Asylum”, which brought together representatives of civil society organisations, international organisations, state and local agencies with a role in receiving or protecting the rights of different categories of migrants and asylum seekers. During the two-day consultative meeting the participants discussed the practical issues and challenges present in the asylum system, the position of particularly vulnerable categories of asylum seekers (unaccompanied minors, women, victims of torture and trafficking) and opportunities to improve practices of the social protection institutions. During the second day, the topic was the Law on Asylum, the possible directions for improvement of the current text, regarding the exercise of the rights of asylum seekers, persons granted asylum and the protection of particularly vulnerable categories of asylum seekers. The proposed amendments to the Law on Asylum drafted by the Belgrade Centre for Human rights and Group 484 were used as a starting point for the discussion.
These activities are part of the project “Networking and Capacity Building for More Effective Migration Policy in Serbia”, implemented by Group 484 in partnership with the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights and the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy, with support from the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade, as well as the project “Towards Europeanization of Serbia – the improvement of the legislative framework, established policies and practices in the areas of asylum and readmission in the Republic of Serbia”, supported by the Foundation for an Open Society Serbia.