Round Table Event “Six months along the Balkan Route: past efforts and future challenges”

On 29 March 2016, DRC organized Round Table Event “Six months along the Balkan Route: past efforts and future challenges” as a part of European Commission's Humanitarian aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) funded project implemented by Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and its local partner Humanitarian Centre for Integration and Tolerance (HCIT) „Emergency Humanitarian Aid and Protection Response to Refugees in Serbia“.

The Round TableEvent was based on the principle that joint efforts of all relevant governmental and non-governmental stakeholders were viewed as essential in emergency humanitarian response to the past refugee crisis in Serbia. Considering the nature of this humanitarian crisis, all actors in the field and at decision making level were throughout months adopting to the rapidly changing and challenging circumstances, through constant coordination, shared learning and timely dissemination of most relevant information. The main significance of the Round Table was not only to exchange the information, views and stands on realised actions and employed practices, but to incorporate recognised knowledge, gained skills and tested practices into a useful guidance on future protection operations.

Three main topics were identified and discussed in smaller groups:

• Status and treatment of persons without intentional refugee protection
• Protection of the refugee children on the move
• Protecting human rights of women refugees and asylum seekers

Conclusions and recommendations from each pannel were presented to all participants by the guest moderators.

The participants of the Round Table were implementing agencies involved in the humanitarian response in Serbia, representatives of relevant governmental bodies (Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy, Ministry of Interior, Commissariat for Refugees and Migration, etc) and other interested parties.

Here you can download Conclusions and Recommendations of the Round Table Event.