The programme of UNHCR in the country is founded in its Statute, in the
1994 Accord de Siege and in various international instruments, UNGA
Resolutions and Conclusions of its Executive Committee, most notably:
the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol, the 1954 Convention
relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and the 1961 Convention on
the Reduction of Statelessness.
UNHCR Representation in
cooperates with the Ministry of Interior to strengthen the national
asylum system through expert advice in the pursuit of harmonization of
national legislation, procedures and practice with the EU Acquis
and international standards. Joint capacity building activities target
government and State officials, including the judiciary, and civil
to the Strategy for Integration of Refugees and Foreigners and its
National Plan of Action adopted by the Government in 2008 and in 2009,
respectively, UNHCR collaborates with the Government’ implementation,
which is steered by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy in
coordination with other concerned line Ministries.
provides - directly or in partnership with government counterparts and
civil society partners – legal aid to persons of concern, basic
multi-sectored assistance to especially vulnerable beneficiaries and
implements education, social assistance, health, income generation,
vocational training and social housing projects aiming at self reliance
and sustainable integration of refugees and other persons of concern.
cooperates with UNHCR Offices in Kosovo to facilitate the voluntary
return of the refugee population to their homes, including by means of
providing transportation and financial assistance, as well as organizing
Go-and-See and Come-and-Inform visits.
- It advocates for the ratification of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness in the 50th Anniversary of its adoption on 30 August 1961 in New York, and the establishment of a statelessness determination procedure.
is engaged with civil society partners, in particular local NGOs, as
well as refugee communities and associations, with a view to
strengthening their capacities to implement activities in support of
UNHCR mandated functions.
Address: “Pirinska” 37, Skopje
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