“Sustainable reintegration through local cooperation”: continuation of the UNDP-BFPE-SKRUG initiative
Kuća UN | Belgrade, Serbia
The purpose of this project is to provide better access to social inclusion, employment, education and resettlement for Roma who have been refused asylum in Germany or another EU Member State, and consequently returned to Serbia.
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in cooperation with the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence (BFPE) and the Standing Conference of Roma citizens’ associations – the League of Roma, launched in 2016 a pilot project called ,,reintegration of Roma returnees in Serbia” . The purpose of this project is to provide better access to social inclusion, employment, education and resettlement of the Roma who have been refused asylum in Germany or another EU Member State, and consequently returned to Serbia. UNDP and partners through this project promote successful and sustainable reintegration of returnees through the application of a new approach to reintegration – a model of cooperation. The project is implemented during 2016 in Nis and Subotica, with extremely positive results, which led to it being repeated in 2017. This year, we are sharing models of good practice in the city of Vranje.
Improving the general conditions of life should lead to a reduced number of asylum seekers, especially those who decide to leave the country because of poverty, unemployment, lack of housing conditions, inadequate health and social services, discrimination, combined with low levels of education and lack of personal documents. Simply, in the words of one of the returnees – project participants: ,,Give us a job and we are not going anywhere”.
The existing model includes following activities:
For more information about the project activities and results, you can consult the brief prepared by Bogdan Urosevic and Tamara Vučenović “The reintegration of Roma returnees in Serbia – a model of cooperation in 2017”.
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