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The Workshop on Establishing Labour Migration Policies in Countries of Origin and Destination
...and International Collaboration in the Western Balkans was held on 9-10 February 2008 in Tirana, Albania.


The Workshop followed the structure of the OSCE-IOM-ILO Handbook on Establishing Effective Labour Migration Policies in Countries of Origin and Destination. The principal objective of the Handbook is to assist States in their efforts to develop policy solutions and approaches for better management of labour migration and labour migration flows in countries of both origin and destination.

The first part of the workshop addressed migration related policies in countries of origin of migrants and the second part was devoted to discussion of policies of particular interest to destination countries. The final section of the workshop focused on practical means of fostering inter-state collaboration on issues relating to labour migration within the Western Balkans. Presentations from experts in the field were held, concrete policy illustrations were discussed and good practices exchanged.

The geographical focus of the Workshop was South-Eastern Europe, namely Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo under UNSCR No 1244, Montenegro and Serbia. Participants  included representatives of the ministries of labour and the interior from the region and the destination countries, trade unions, independent experts, donor organisations, IOM, ILO, OSCE and the European Commission.

The Workshop was held within the framework of a project Capacity Building, Information and Awareness Raising towards Promoting Orderly Migration in the Western Balkans, funded by the European Commission AENEAS 2006 programme and the governments of Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein and Hungary, and implemented in partnership with the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

For the workshop report, presentations and other documents go to the Events page.

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