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UN High Commissioner for Refugees - UNHCR

Mandate:

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 Skopje Programme:

  • UNHCR 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 society.
  • Pursuant 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.
  • UNHCR 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. 
  • It 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.
  • It 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.

Contact:

Address: “Pirinska” 37, Skopje
tel: +389 2 3118 641
fax: +389 2 3131 040
E-mail: mcdsk@unhcr.org
Web: www.unhcr.org

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