About the Project
European Union Support for Improving the Living Conditions of Forced Migrants in Serbia is a project financed by the European Union and managed by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia. It aims at providing adequate living conditions to forced migrants who choose to stay in Serbia while supporting the sustainable return of those wishing to return to Kosovo*.
The Commissariat for Refugees and Migration of the Republic of Serbia and the Office for Kosovo and Metohija of the Government at the Republic of Serbia are beneficiaries of the project. A project Steering Committee oversees the project implementation and the achievement of expected results. Members of the Steering Committee are representatives of the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia, the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration of the Republic of Serbia, the Office for Kosovo and Metohija at the Government of the Republic of Serbia, the European Integration Office at the Government of the Republic of Serbia, the Central Finance and Contracts Unit at the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Serbia and of the Contractor.
Final beneficiaries of supported projects are refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returnees under the Readmission Agreement. They will benefit from the project results planned:
- Provision of adequate housing solutions and other support to refugees, lDPs and returnees accommodated in the collective centres,
- Support for sustainable return to Kosovo of IDP families, upon their wish, and
- Improvement of the living conditions of refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returnees under the Readmission Agreement
The project For a Better Life is a part of continuum initiatives seeking to find durable solutions for refugees, IDPs and returnees under the Readmission Agreement. As such, it is coherent with the government policies on refugees, IDPs and returnees and fully reflects their core principle – support integration of forced migrants who chose to stay in Serbia and support the sustainable return of those wishing to return to Kosovo. However, although the project is neither conceived, nor designed to be beginning and end of initiatives for providing long-lasting solutions for forced migrants, it will be end initiative in one regard – the closure of the collective centres as the residential facilities accommodating refugees and IDPs.
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/99 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.